Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele Director Harish Vyas Reveals The Story Behind The Idea Of The Film- EXCLUSIVE

Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele director Harish Vyas reveals who influenced the idea behind the story of the film and how it finally saw the light of the day

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Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele Director Harish Vyas Reveals The Story Behind The Idea Of The Film- EXCLUSIVE
Recently, after facing a delay of over a year, Harish Vyas’s story about a gay and a lesbian who embark on a road trip, Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele, opened to the Indian audience on the OTT platform of Disney+ Hotstar. The film featuring Anshuman Jha, who is also a producer on it, and Zareen Khan had over two million streams in it’s first week of release, and got a good response.

While talking to exclusively, the writer-director revealed how the idea of the film originated in his head. “A while ago, I made a documentary with my friend Neeraj Bhasin, titled, My Friend Sue. It was based on a real character, a friend of ours from art college who was gay. We didn’t know for a long time that he was homosexual because in our Indian movies we have seen a very caricaturized representation of that community. He was a very loving person and I got to know about his orientation after a very long time. So, I had a thought about making a film on this community since then,” Harish reveals.

When this idea was budding in his head, Harish also had a discussion with a teacher. “I had a teacher whom I asked if it is possible for a gay and a lesbian to fall in love. She told me that it wasn’t possible, and when I asked why, she said there is no physical compatibility between the two. I told her that I am not talking about that, I am talking about love that is beyond physicality. When you love someone, you love them irrespective of anything. So, that was an idea that I wanted to take forward and make a film on,” he shares.

However, the road ahead wasn’t easy. “It was an idea that not many people wanted to back. It was a different concept and they weren’t sure if people would accept it,” Harish informs, adding that things took a turn one night in New York. “I was in New York for the premiere of my film Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain in a film festival where coincidentally Anshuman Jha had also brought his film Mona Darling. While riding from the airport, we took a cab together where he asked me what I was doing next. I told him about this idea that I had about a gay and a lesbian, who meet and then their emotions and feelings also align and they get attached to each other. It was a story about soulmates and Anshuman liked it a lot. So, that’s how the journey of the film began,” Harish concludes.

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