Producer Ekta Kapoor on Tuesday responded to a social media put up referring that the character Kajal Bhai, from the favored 90s sitcom Hum paanch, was an ‘LGBT icon’. Ekta dashed the fan’s hopes, and stated that Kajal was merely a ‘non-conformist’.
Kajal, performed by Bhairavi Raichura, was proven as a tomboy who spoke like a ‘tapori’. The present, which ran from 1995 to 1999, additionally starred Ashok Saraf, Rakhee Tandon and Vandana Pathak. Notably, it served as a distinguished early function for Vidya Balan.
Ekta, responding to the unique put up, which declared “Kajal from Hum Paanch was a ’90s LGBT icon”, wrote on Instagram tales, “Hmm! Nope How u wish! But def a non conformist. ”
The authentic put up offered ‘proof’ to again up the idea: “Kajal was known as ‘Kajal Bhai’, everybody at house used she / her pronouns for Kajal, however Kajal used he / him pronouns to self-reference. Gender-nonconforming model: Kajal all the time wearing conventionally male-presenting, unfastened garments. Kajal Bhai advised individuals to f ** ok off once they beneficial dressing ‘like a girl’. ”
Fans appeared to be satisfied. “Yesss.” Omg. Wonderful statement, ”one particular person wrote within the feedback. Damn! Watched this my total childhood and solely now could be it hitting me! ” wrote one other.
Hum Paanch was one of many a number of previous Hindi exhibits that was re-aired through the coronavirus lockdown earlier this 12 months. Recalling her expertise engaged on the present, Bhairavi had advised Hindustan Times in a 2016 interview, “I owe my profession to Hum Paanch because it gave me my id as an actor. People nonetheless bear in mind my function as Kajal Bhai. I’m grateful to Ekta and her group. Even right now, the bond between all of the actors is robust. We not too long ago met for a reunion and reminisced in regards to the present. “
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