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Rajkummar Rao And Bhumi Pednekar's Badhaai Do Showcases Lavender Marriage, Here Is What It Means

The term lavender marriage was first used in the 12th century to hide the homosexuality of some celebrities.  
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Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Badhaai Do's trailer is getting immense love ever since its release. Directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, this one was one of the much-awaited releases. 

If you missed watching the trailer, let's quickly tell you that Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar's film promises you a dose of laughter as it challenges societal norms. The trailer revolves around Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar's marriage and their one big secret - homosexuality. Their marriage isn't a regular one, it is a that of convenience, and post-wedding they continue to live as roommates. 

For me, what makes this one a must-watch is that revolves around the concept of lavender marriage. Lately, Bollywood has been giving us many stories around the LGBTQ+ community. However, there has been no film out-and-out around lavender marriage. Earlier, it was only Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion that touched this topic subtly. 

What Is Lavender Marriage?

Lavender marriage is used to describe a male-female marriage where one or both partners are homosexual or bisexual. It is also known as mixed-orientation marriage. In this case, the male-female get married to hide their sexual preferences because of society taboos and family pressure. 

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The term lavender marriage was first used during the early 12th century to hide homosexuality of some public celebrities before World War 2. This was the time when the taboos made it impossible for homosexuals to pursue a public career, especially in the Hollywood film industry. Reportedly, many homosexuals today are also married to a straight spouse for reputation. 

Badhaai Do depicts lavender marriage which is undertaken by two individuals due to family pressure. 

Netizens Take On Badhaai Do Trailer

As soon as the makers released the first trailer of the movie, it cheered up the entire Queer community and they showered it with a lot of love. Many thanked the makers for taking up the concept of lavender marriage which continues to be common. 

A user on Twitter wrote, "Omg this is so interesting and a true take on the society, family pressure LGBTQIA community faces also ones gay and the other lesbian 🏳️‍🌈❤️ definitely gonna go see this #BadhaaiDo."

Another one wrote, "The trailer seems interesting.... MoC should be displaying at big screen.... Looking forward for the movie 💙 Thanks alot for doing this specially for many of us 💙💙💙."

"Another 'Bollywood' Gay Movie on Lavender* marraige, Excited 😚 #BadhaaiDo , sequel of Badhaai Ho (2018)," a user Tweeted.

"so good to know these kind of films are getting normalised Pleading face Thank you to the entire team for making this film happen Pleading face I know you are gonna steal the show Bhumi and Raj," Tweeted another user.

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'Badhaai Do' Doesn't Offer Laughs At Expense Of Queer Community

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While speaking to PTI about what made her do the film, Bhumi Pednekar said, “What really jumped out for me was that, it is a big franchise which stands for speaking about things that usually make people uncomfortable, but something that we need to accept and normalise."

“There is a lot of humour in the film, even in the narration I could not stop laughing. But the humour is not degrading, not there to titillate. It is not at the expense of the community,” she added. 

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This isn't Bhumi Pednekar's first film that is socially relevant. Earlier, the actor starred in movies like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan, Bala which send out hard-hitting social messages. 

It will indeed be interesting to see if the family ends up accepting Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar for who they are irrespective of the social conditioning. Badhaai Do is slated for a theatrical release on 11th February 2022. 

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