Review: ‘Yours Emotionally!’

"Yours Emotionally!" paints a fanciful picture of India as a gay vacation paradise. Thwarted love story between an English-Asian tourist and a working-class local is choppy and unevenly acted, if still diverting enough to earn gay-fest travel and some offshore sales to niche DVD distribbers.

Brit indie “Yours Emotionally!” paints a fanciful picture of India as a gay vacation paradise. Prospect of sexual friskiness around every corner goes down easier than the awkward storytelling in director-scenarist Sridhar Rangayan’s second feature. Thwarted love story between an English-Asian tourist and a working-class local is choppy and unevenly acted, if still diverting enough to earn gay-fest travel and some offshore sales to niche DVD distribbers.

When young Ravi (Premjit) goes to his ancestral homeland with campy pal Paul (Jack Lamport), they get invited to a surprising, orgiastic gay party at an ostensible religious center. There Ravi meets handsome Mani (Prateek Gandhi), with whom he spends a night as romantic as it is erotic. But Mani proves elusive later when he and Ravi and Paul become guests at the hotel owned by an older gay couple (Ikhlaq Khan, Ajay Rohilla). There is some acknowledgement of the difficulty of being “out” in India, but that is overwhelmed for the most part by what’s on screen. More seriously problematic are pic’s pointless reality/illusion japes and arbitrary stylistic ones (freeze-frames, occasional B&W), not to mention a weak ending.

Yours Emotionally!

U.K.

Production

A Wise Thoughts presentation of a Solaris production. Produced by Niranjan Kamatkar. Executive producer, Saagar Gupta. Directed, written by Sridhar Rangayan.

Crew

Camera (color, video), Deepak Pandey; editor, Nishant Radhakrishnan; music, Ameya Naik, William Longden; production designer, Saagar Gupta. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, June 18, 2006. (In San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Premjit, Jack Lamport, Ikhlaq Khan, Patreek Gandhi, Ajay Rohilla, Iravati Karnik, Ashwin Shelar, Mansoor Ali, Abhay Kulkarni.
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