Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor feels that irrespective of a person’s sexual orientation, they have the right to be themselves. Recently, British actor Ian McKellen expressed that India needs to grow up and do away with section 377 of IPC, which criminalises homosexuality.
When asked about her take on this, Sonam told reporters, “I absolutely agree with him. It’s a basic human right. It’s not about lesbian, gay, transsexual, it’s about being able to be what you want to be and being somebody who is just themselves.”
The actor was speaking at the inauguration of seventh Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival last evening. The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor said she immediately agreed to come at the event as she is a “strong supporter” of basic human rights. “Last year, I was trying to make it but I was travelling.
This year I immediately said yes to coming here. I am a strong supporter of basic human rights, forget LGBT rights. I think that’s what this is,” she said.
Sonam feels even the censor board is moving in the right direction and says that she is an optimist who believes things will change. “The very fact that they gave Neerja a U certificate says that they are moving in the correct direction. Hopefully things are going to change. I am an optimistic human being...I believe in humanity and the fact that people are good and conditions and choices make them not so great,” she said.
Ian, who was also present at the event, said he has come to India to support those who want to “get rid” of IPC section 377. “I’ve come to Mumbai to celebrate Shakespeare and to celebrate the connection between the United Kingdom and your country. I have also come to support those who want to get rid of section 377.” Sonam is also looking forward to superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming film Sultan, and hopes another record-breaking film for Khan.
“It is very good, very beautiful. I’m looking forward to watching Salman Khan on screen again like how you all are obviously looking forward to it. I hope it’s another record-breaking film of his.” Sonam, who was present along with The Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen to inaugurate the Kashish Film Festival, said about the trailer of the film.
The trailer with Salman playing a rustic wrestler achieving success amidst several hurdles, has already registered more than 3.5 million views on Youtube in 24 hours.
Sultan is one of the most anticipated films of the year, releasing on the occasion of Eid, often termed as a lucky release week for Salman with hits such as Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Wanted, Dabangg, Kick, among others.
Though Sonam’s only film with Salman, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo didn’t release on Eid, but on Diwali, the film was a success at the box-office earning more than Rs. 200 crores at the box-office.