Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) ‘ABCD’ dancing diva Lauren Gottlieb says she has several homosexual friends and feels that everyone has the right to their sexual preferences.
“I have a lot of homosexual friends and I come from arts. I believe everyone has the right to their own preferences,” said Lauren. She also said that she supported the homosexuals’ right to fight.
She was present at a screening of the film, ‘Aligarh’ where numerous B-town celebrities such as Tabu, Chunkey Pandey, Anurag Kashyap, Kay Kay Menon, Sanjay Kapoor, Poonam Sinha, Sushant Singh Rajput with his girlfriend Ankita Lokhande and Arjun Kapoor were present.
The protagonist of ‘Aligarh’, played by Manoj Bajpayee, is a homosexual who gets suspended from his job of a professor after his video getting intimate with another man is circulated.
The film’s director Hansal Mehta has called for dismissing the controversial section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality. Manoj and Rajkummar Rao have also advocated the cause of the LGBT community, during the course of promotions of the film.
About the film, Lauren said, “The film was great! It is the least Bollywood commercial cinema I have seen lately and I really appreciate it. It’s kind of a heavy subject, so you leave with heavy heart, but with a lot of hope and inspiration for the future,” she added.
While Manoj has been walking away with all the praise for his role at numerous screenings before, Lauren is impressed by Manoj’s co-star in the film, “Rajkummar Rao is definitely one of my favourite actors. Everyone is going to Hollywood right now, he should be the next one actually.”
‘Aligarh’ is releasing on February 26.