In 2007, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor stepped foot in the industry with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya and over the years she has given many powerful and versatile performances. Presently, Sonam has been making headlines due to her recently released movie Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga which touches upon the sensitive topic of homosexuality.
Recently, the 33-year-old actress appeared on her Veere Di Wedding co-star Kareena Kapoor Khan’s radio show, What Women Want, and talked about how homosexuality is portrayed on the big screen.
When Sonam Kapoor got talking to Kareena Kapoor Khan on her radio chat show, What Women Want, the two explored the topic of the representation of homosexuality in movies and what the narrative usually revolves around. Sonam and Kareena spoke through a video conference on the chat show.
During their interaction, Kareena said, “In Hindi films, we have seen two women be in love but we hardly see this with men.” Replying to this, Sonam said, “Society, in general, likes to control who women or men love.”
“They are ageist, sexist and homophobic. And you just want to control it. So, I think when there is a little bit of conflict in a story, it just adds something to it. Film and art is just a reflection of what is going on in the society,” Sonam added.
Further, talking about how Indian parents still play a hurdle in the choices that their children make, Kareena quizzed Sonam on how the perspective of the older generation can be changed.
To this, Sonam said, “There is a change societally. In India, how people have to let relationships and let love be. There are still so many honour killings, there are still so many people who run away from their house or are disowned by their parents and family. But at the same time, I think films and art is such a medium that it can entertain and educate at the same time. So society has changed a little bit but not as much as it should.”
Meanwhile, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has been directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar and narrates the tale of Sonam’s character Sweety Chaudhary. The actress plays a homosexual character in the movie.
‘When You See The Film You’ll See The Progression’
The film’s title is picked up from a song which has a totally different meaning to it. When asked to comment about this, Sonam said, “When you see the film you’ll see the progression and see how we have changed in terms of content and relationships and in terms of everything, and for me to do this, it was RD Burmans last album, and my father’s much loved song, it is incredible, it is also telling waht it is supposed to be and working on it with my father is the cherry on the cake.”
‘People Need To Understand That Sexuality Is Something You’re Born With’
“People need to understand that sexuality is something you’re born with, whether you like a man or a woman, or you want to be a man or woman. And hopefully, with section 377 being revoked, homosexuality isn’t looked as a crime but that stigma needs to go and that is a long time coming,” Sonam added.