Months after India decriminalized gay sex, MTV has debuted the first ever dating show episode featuring gay contestants. In the show, Elovator Pitch, 10 suitors attempt to woo a contestant with only a few moments to make their case in an elevator.
Atmaj Vyas, the contestant, spoke to NBC News: “You’re supposed to find someone and remember the floors and the people all in a really short time. It’s speed dating, so it goes by really quickly. There were guys who were making style statements, talking about life and even one who was actually coming out to his family via the show. It really doesn’t get better than that.”
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Host Cyrus Sahukar spoke to Indian Express: “On Elovator Pitch, it only makes sense to have an episode with people from the LGBTQ Community. At the end of the day, it deals with people meeting others, dating and love. Eventually, love and dating are pretty similar for everyone. Everybody is looking for someone they like and can enjoy with.”
Added his co-hostGaelyn Mendonca: “With this special concept, we have upped the ante as India’s first dating reality show to have people from all walks of life coming and exploring beautiful bonds. Elovator Pitch brings with it a heavy dose of comedy and love and I’m sure this episode will be a treat to watch for the audience. I’m proud to be a part of the show that is creating history on national television.”