‘Rent A Boy Friend’ was launched in Mumbai and Pune where it can help lonely people overcome depression by having a partner by their side for a day.
However, it does not have females on the app which can be rented, because you know, ‘rent a girl’ does not seem right! Right?
Seemingly, people can rent the boyfriend for a movie, dinner or lunch date and also seek emotional advice from the rented Boy.
The app the brainchild of a 29-year-old person called Kaushal Prakash who hopes to eliminate depression in the country where there exists a gap in the concept of boy and friend.
Prakash who is also an interior decorator said, “There won’t be any sexual relations or private meetings.”
While the app does not promote any physical intimacy, it does, however, have profiles of men in the age of 22 to 25 in shirtless pictures and flaunting toned abs.
Kaushal wanted to develop something like this after himself having suffered from depression.
The app also has a toll free number where one can consult a psychiatrist for 15-20 minutes for a sum of 500/-.
Talking about the psychiatrists he said, “It will be easier to speak about these issues over the phone as in India as visiting a psychiatrist elicits the same kind of “log kya kahege (what will people say?)” response as a girl who wears short clothes in public.”
Talking about the men in display on RABF website, Prakash said, “You can rent a celebrity for Rs 3,000, or a model for up to Rs 2,000, or an aam aadmi (commoner) for just Rs 300-400 per hour. The website works strictly on a commission basis, giving 70 per cent of the earning to the boyfriends. With a corpus of 65 belonging to the age group of 20-25 years, RABF also has a couple of 55-year-old boyfriends in the mix.”