Badhai Do is sensitively dealt on a taboo subject

Badhai do revolves around the story of Shardul (Rajkumar Rao)l and Sumi (bhumi Pednekar), who are closeted members of the LGBTQ+ community, living together as roommates after they agree to get into a ‘marriage of convenience’. The film shows how an individual’s sexual orientation defines and decides their fate in the society. While Shardul, a police officer, and Sumi, a PE teacher, agree to this arrangement — referred to as a lavender marriage — to shut their families up and get rid of the constant pressure to get married, the journeys they take on with their respective partners eventually lead to several realisations about their realities.

Director Harshvardhan Kulkarni deals with the subject in an extremely mature and sensitive manner, and in his attempt to sound witty or add punchlines, at no point does he trivialise the ordeal that homosexual people go through.

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