Sonam Kapoor: Glad Ek Ladki Ko was first Bollywood film to normalise lesbian relationship

Sonam Kapoor hosted a session with members of the LGBTQ+ community at a recently held event and discussed the change that has occurred after the Supreme Court decriminalised gay sex and partly struck down Section 377 in September 2018. During the session, Sonam revealed that her parents Anil and Sunita Kapoor are very progressive and taught her as well as her siblings Rhea and Harshvardhan Kapoor to be the same.

“One of my mom’s closest friends in fashion was gay and she lost them to HIV. She came from a progressive background and my dad came from a typical Punjabi background but he’s intrinsically progressive. They taught me, Rhea and Harshvardhan to be the same,” Sonam said during the session.

Sonam has been supporting LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) rights ever since and also starred in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, co-starring Anil Kapoor. The Shelly Chopra Dhar-directed film was based on an unconventional story of same-sex love, a subject that has been rarely explored by filmmakers in Bollywood.

Speaking about the film, Sonam said during the session, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga had to be the first film me and my dad had to do together! Parents needed to see Anil Kapoor telling Sonam Kapoor that it’s ok to love who you love.”

“I’m glad that Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga was the first commercial, mainstream Bollywood film that normalised a lesbian relationship,” Sonam added.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga released in February and also starred Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao.

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