The problematic portrayal of homosexual characters in Karan Johar films

Karan Johar had hinted about his sexual orientation in his autobiographical boy 'An Unsuitable Boy' that he identifies himself as gay. With this knowledge, one would expect a better portrayal of homosexual characters in his directorial or production ventures. But this is not the case. In fact up until as recent as 'Student of the Year 2', the gay characters are often caricaturish and stereotypical to an extend of them being a laughing stock. Be it Rishi Kapoor in 'Student of the Year' who is always hitting on Ronit Roy's character, to the 'gay touch' give to Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan in 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' (only for jokes purpose).

The film that was touted as an attempt to bring LGBTQ to the mainstream, 'Dostana', had over-exaggerated stereotypical homosexual characters. Also, how can we forget (or chose not to remember) Gul Panag's cameo in 'Student of the Year 2' where is a "lesbian." From someone like Karan, we expected better, at least in the depiction of the LGBTQ characters. But this topic will be unfinished without mentioning 'Kapoors and Sons', where (spoiler alert!) one of the main characters is revealed in the end to be gay, without a fuss or stereotyping. That film felt like a ray of hope and then we had 'Student of the Year 2'.