Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachchan Praises the Recent Gay Rights Victory in India

Abhishek Bachchan

It seems a lot of people had been waiting for India to strike out the ban on consensual gay sex and they are happy it finally happened.

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan is proud of India’s decision to lift the ban and he called it a “wonderful step in the right direction.” The Indian Supreme Court had recently lifted a law made in the colonial-era that made sexual relations between people of the same gender punishable by up to 10 years in jail. The abolishment of the law is a huge victory for the LGBT community in India and one Judge said it would “pave the way for a better future.“

Bachchan said at the Toronto film festival on Tuesday that “It shows the kind of progression that is happening in India, especially from the mindset of the youth,”

The actor also noted that some Bollywood movies have also treated the topic of homosexuality and the Indian cinema is generally free from politics. “Indian cinema, by and large, is very escapist by nature. You go in to a film, you want a laugh and a cry. You want to fall in love. You want to hate. You want to see some action,” The movie star said. “I think the function of Indian cinema is to come in forget your worries for three hours.”

The actor’s recent movie also starring Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal, is titled Manmarziyaan,” or “Husband Material.” The movie shows an interesting love triangle.

Bachchan said “I think it’s a wonderful bridge between quintessential Indian cinema with its usual tropes, and a cinema that is also coming out of India, which is more accessible and understandable. I liked the fact that it’s a marriage of two worlds — Anurag’s more contemporary world with a very Indian backbone to the story.“

Furthermore, Bachchan is proud of how much Indian cinema has spread to different nations of the earth and has made Indian characters more accessible. However, he pointed that some of the characters depict stereotype and that is far from fair to the Indian people. The actor gave an example of Apu, the convenience store owner on Fox television series, “The Simpsons.” The character of Apu has recently been seen as depicting racism and stereotype.

However, Bachchan who has his tertiary education in the united states and had watched the “Simpsons” several times pointed out that the backlash on Apu’s character may be going too far.
“I don’t make too much of a deal of it. I think somewhere we’re getting a bit too highly sensitive about everything,” Bachchan said. “Let’s not do something outwardly to offend a particular community. But look — it’s ‘The Simpsons,’ OK? It’s not life changing. You have to learn to laugh at yourself a bit.“

Talking about how people in India and outside India has referred to him as the Brad Pitt of Bollywood, Bachchan said he finds it sometimes “embarrassing.” Adding that
“He’s a wonderful actor, somebody, you know, we’ve all grown up admiring,” Bachchan said before proceeding to laugh. “Sorry, Mr. Pitt.”

The LGBT community in India has been a very tiny one for a long time because of the Ban and the fear of the consequences same sex love carried. However, since the Supreme Court of India has eliminated that fear, people who have been hiding are now willing to come out and express themselves sexually.

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