The actor makes a strong statement here...
Manoj Bajpayee, two times National Award winner, unveiled the new issue of Bombay Dost - India’s first and oldest LGBTQ magazine. Bajpayee features on the cover of the 2016 issue of the magazine.
A strong supporter of equal rights, Bajpayee also criticized the new surrogacy bill, that bans LGBTQ persons and singles from parenting a child through surrogacy. “As if section 377 was not enough, now even rights of a lesbian or gay person to become a parent is being proposed to be taken away,” Bajpayee said at the launch of the magazine on Saturday August 27, 2016 at the Mumbai Press Club.
Manoj Bajpayee in an exclusive interview to the magazine talks about one of the most challenging roles of his career and why he believes in equal rights. “The right to love should be granted to everyone, right down to the smallest minority,” Bajpayee tells Bombay Dost, adding, “Section 377 should be scrapped. It does not go well with a democracy.” Bajpayee in the interview also talks about the biggest compliment he received for his role in Aligarh. “I felt responsible to restore the dignity that Prof. Siras deserved in life,” Bajpayee says.
Kavi also welcomed the fact that mainstream actors like Manoj Bajpayee were open to being on the cover of an LGBTQ magazine and praises his role in Aligarh. “Manoj Bajpayee as Prof. Siras has reached a zenith in a role that he has been given to wear,” said Kavi, hoping that the Indian film industry would lead the way in in its sensitive portrayals of LGBTQ characters.
Director Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh is one of the most path breaking films in recent times. The Rajkumar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee starrer biographical drama is based on Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who was suspended from the Aligarh Muslim University on grounds of his sexual orientation. Manoj had said during a media interaction, "Talking about the character, Manoj, who plays the protagonist in the film, told reporters: “It’s most challenging film because I have never done such a character before. ‘Aligarh’ was a very challenging film for me because it was fragile and different. It was very difficult to capture the loneliness and state of mind of Ramchandra Siras.
Aligarh was more than just a film about gay rights. It documents the human spirit, and the freedom it struggles to sustain despite its oppressive surroundings. Aligarh is a story of hope and innocence in a time when prejudice and judgement substitutes compassion and kindness. Yes, it is also a story of gay rights, but more so it is a tale of human rights. Mehta has used Siras as a metaphor to highlight optimism in a time of a pessimistic environment. There are moments in the film where you feel more than just empathy and compassion for Siras.
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