Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, is due to land in India on Monday (AP)
Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, is due to land in India on Monday (AP)

'Great': Trump praises Ayushmann Khurrana's 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan'

  • US President Donald Trump is not a regular advocate of gay rights
  • 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' stars popular actor Ayushmann Khurrana as a young man bucking social disapproval to be with his beloved — another man

President Donald Trump got into the mood on Friday ahead of his upcoming India trip by issuing a surprising thumbs-up for Bollywood's first gay rom-com movie.

"Great!" the US president wrote as he retweeted gay rights activist Peter Tatchell's own expression of support for the ground-breaking movie.

Trump is not a regular advocate of gay rights, while some of his more right-wing supporters actively oppose them.

"I hope this is the beginning of President Trump's genuine embrace of LGBT rights & not just a PR stunt," Tatchell tweeted after.

Released on Friday, "Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan" ("Be Extra Careful About Marriage") stars popular actor Ayushmann Khurrana as a young man bucking social disapproval to be with his beloved -- another man.

India's Supreme Court scrapped a colonial-era ban on homosexuality only in 2018.

Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, is due to land in the western city of Ahmedabad on Monday before heading to the Taj Mahal and then to talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi the next day.

Experts say this has hurt US efforts to make India a strategic counterweight to China, while Trump's mediation offer in the long-running Kashmir dispute with Pakistan has annoyed New Delhi.

"We're not treated very well by India, but I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot," Trump, 73, said before his maiden official visit to the nation of 1.3 billion with First Lady Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump told a rally on Thursday that "six to 10 million people" would be along the route of his motorcade, but this appears to be a misunderstanding. Organisers said there will be tens of thousands.

It will be rammed with around 100,000 people for an event dubbed "Namaste Trump", payback for a "Howdy, Modi" rally in Houston last year in front of some of America's vast Indian diaspora.


This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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