Welcome to my first Midsummer Recent Movie Festival! For the past couple of years I’ve reviewed a bunch of recent movies on New Year’s Day. But why wait when there are new movies to review now! My only qualifications for the Midsummer Recent Movie Festival are 1) a US release date January 1, 2022 or later, 2) a Letterboxd average rating of 3.5 or higher, and 3) available to me at no extra cost on my streaming platforms.
Title: Badhaai Do
Release Date: February 11, 2002
Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Production Company: Junglee Pictures
Shardul (Rajkummar Rao), a gay policeman, and Sumi (Bhumi Pednekar), a lesbian PE teacher, decide the only way to get their families to stop pestering them is to enter into a marriage and live together as roommates. While Sumi has her girlfriend Rimjhim (Chum Darang) move in and Shardul pursues a relationship with Guru (Gulshan Devaiah), their families continue to meddle and begin pestering about babies. Sumi and Shardul begin to consider adoption. A whole bunch of hijinks ensue.
I didn’t thinks this movie was bad but I also didn’t think the jokes were particularly funny. That’s likely a cultural divide, though. I appreciate that the gay and lesbian characters were never made the butt of the jokes for being homosexual. The movie also has a good message of how taboos against homesexuality in India cause loneliness and real harm. It also shines a spotlight on the injustice of laws forbidding same sex marriage and LGBTQ people adopting children in India.