Hansal Mehta claims that homosexuals should not be treated differently, in cinema or otherwise
Aligarh, which has already got some rave reviews has hit the screens today tomorrow and is garnering some great feedback from the masses. Hansal Mehta and the star cast of Aligarh Rajkummar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee are championing the cause of equal rights for gays in our country. Well, Bollywood so far has always portrayed homosexuals in a different light and made caricatures out of them.
We exclusively ask Hansal Mehta about his opinion on the same. While he said that he is no commentator on Bollywood's treatment to gays, he said that he has taken care not to focus on the sexuality of Manoj's Prof Siras while developing his character. "They are like you and me, why should they be treated any differently," he said. Also, he says that society used the excuse that his sexual preference was different to their advantage and ignored the fact that he was a many of depth and many talents. Which is certainly unfair.
He further says that stereotypes are convenient for us and therefore are used in the films. He further asks that why should gays be singled out when even Gujaratis, Maharashtrians or Biharis are stereotyped? "I am perhaps one of those filmmakers who wants to work on characterization without bracketing protagonists or classifying them in certain categories."
Well, that's well put and we need more such filmmakers like Mehta.
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