Slipping In A Message Under The Radar

A new Indian film focusing on homosexuality, family, and the AIDS virus is testing traditional social boundaries in the socially conservative country. But remarkably, My Brother Nikhil hasn’t met with much opposition. “Commercially, it is no runaway Bollywood blockbuster; nor is it meant to be. Rather, its impact lies in having served up a story about love and loss – sentimental staples of contemporary Indian cinema – with a gay man at its center, and having done so without kicking up the slightest fuss from India’s cultural conservatives.”