Ayushmann’s reply to Trump’s tweet was one filled with hope as he said, “It was great to see a reaction from US President Donald Trump. I certainly hope and wish that this comment is President Trump’s gesture of outreach towards the LGBTQ community and that he will persistently and constantly work towards upholding LGBTQ rights in his country.”
Trump’s praise came after a tweet by human rights campaigner and LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell posted praise for the Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer.
“A new #Bollywood rom-com featuring a gay romance is hoping to win over older people, following the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Hurrah!” tweeted @PeterTatchell.
To this, @realDonaldTrump tweeted: “Great!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1582300046000
‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ opened on February 21 in India. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and debutant Jitendra Kumar in a smalltown setup, and also features the ‘Badhai Ho’ pair of Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao. The film is written and directed by debutant Hitesh Kewalya.
Meanwhile, at the box office, Ayushmann’s film about a gay love story had a much bigger opening day collection than the Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship’. While ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan’ collected Rs 9.25 crore on day one, ‘Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship’ followed behind with an estimated collection of Rs 5 crore.