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Trump hails gay Bollywood movie as 'great'

  • Published at 09:20 am February 22nd, 2020
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File photo: US President Donald Trump speaks as he meets Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (not pictured) for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019 Reuters

Trump is due to land in the western city of Ahmedabad on Monday

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 groundbreaking 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.