Sonam Kapoor on Gay Visibility in Bollywood
While the media went gaga over Aishwarya Rai’s svelte new look on the Cannes red carpet, Sonam Kapoor also appeared at the film festival (in a stunning Anamika Khanna sari) where she publicly lamented the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling on Secion 377 which upholds the ban on gay sex. In an interview, Sonam talked about last year’s Palme d’Or winner, “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” a lesbian love story, and whether such a film could be made for Bollywood. She believes if desi gays are depicted on film, it could help change opinions in India.
“We’ve regressed instead of progressing. I think movies can influence the way people think sometimes and if we do start making love stories or we start making movies about people who are amazing human beings, people who have done something in life, people who are inspirational who aren’t necessarily only straight, I think people will start appreciating them more,” she said. “So yeah, I think we need to expose India a little bit more so we should make more movies about them.”