Junior Bachchan called out the Indian cinema for not dealing with the issue of homosexuality
Toronto: Actor Abhishek Bachchan seems to have made good use of his two-year-long sabbatical. The actor may have used his time off from acting to observe the film industry and shared his take at a recent event.
The actor and the team of Manmarziyaan screened their film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Bachchan called out Bollywood for not taking a stand on the LGBTQ rights through movies. He said while some films have dealt with the issue of homosexuality, Indian cinema is generally not political. He called it "escapist by nature."
India's Supreme Court last week reversed a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would "pave the way for a better future." And, Bachchan agrees, terming the ban on consensual gay sex "a wonderful step in the right direction." He also said, "It shows the kind of progression that is happening in India, especially from the mindset of the youth."
The 42-year-old Dostana star also shared that he had proposed to his wife, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at TIFF during a previous visit in 2007. “The last time I was in TIFF,” Bachchan joked, “I proposed to my wife. She has warned me not to do any such thing this time.”
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Last Updated Sep 19, 2018, 9:25 AM IST