Ayushman reacts to Donald Trump's tweet about Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

The new Bollywood film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, India's first gay rom-com, is making no bones about its subject matter.

US President Donald Trump appears to be upping his game to keep his Indian fans engaged with tweets and speeches mentioning India ahead of his two-day visit starting on 24 February.

According to entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama, the film's makers had even offered to edit the kiss scenme between Ayushmann and co-actor Jitendra, but the censor board there did not agree to the release of the film.

In his tweet he wrote, "A new #Bollywood rom-com featuring a gay romance is hoping to win over older people, following the decriminalisation of homosexuality". Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan had good first-day numbers and became Ayushmann's third-highest opening day, with total revenue of Rs 9.25 crore nett.

American conservative activist Scott Presler tweeted: 'Thank you, President Trump, for supporting the gay community. "I loathe Trump & tweet against his anti-LGBT+ policies, climate destruction denial, misogyny & collusion with the far right".

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Ayushmann is on cloud nine and said that it was great to see a reaction from the US President.

Others were left scratching their heads, with Sklar Baker-Jordan posting: "What is happening?"

Donald Trump retweeted Peter's tweet and wrote, 'Great!'

'It is also the wildest sentence I've ever written'. For a film belonging to the horror genre and that too primarily for the multiplex market, this Bhanu Pratap Singh directed affair is keeping its target audience engaged. I don't think like a star, what will be my entry point or this will be my punchline.

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