Anupriya wasn’t mak­ing a state­ment in ‘les­bian ad’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor Anupriya Goenka re­cently played the role of queen Nag­mati in San­jay Leela Bhansali’s Pad­maa­vat, and got a lot of praise for it, too, but it was her con­tro­ver­sial ad for a fash­ion brand in 2015, that brought her into the fo­cus. While it was held as the first ever les­bian ad­ver­tise­ment, Anupriya clar­i­fies that it was never made with any in­ten­tion to stand out.

“I was never hes­i­tant about do­ing the role [in the ad]. I’ve never ap­proached act­ing in those for­mats. I have al­ways gone with my gut feel­ing. I re­ally be­lieve in LGBT rights. For me, that is a very nor­mal way of liv­ing and it’s just how peo­ple are wired. There is noth­ing ab­nor­mal about it,” says Anupriya, adding, “At that point of time, we didn’t set out to make a state­ment; the idea was to send a mes­sage.”

The ac­tor, who has been a part of films such as Dishoom (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), says she was happy that the con­cept of part­ners gear­ing up to come out of the closet was re­ceived pos­i­tively.

“We were re­ally sur­prised that the ad­ver­tise­ment was re­ceived so well, and I was ac­tu­ally over­whelmed by the re­sponse. I got mes­sages from the com­mu­nity, many telling me how it helped them deal with a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion,” she says.

“I think, as a na­tion, we are ready for such con­tent. No one trolled us or said any­thing neg­a­tive. I think we are ar­riv­ing at a stage where we can ac­cept such re­la­tions and can be open [about it],” says the ac­tor, who will soon be seen in a film di­rected by Nagesh Kukunoor.

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