Monika asks fans for 50lakh for LGBT video, gets slammed

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - SA­MARTH GOYAL

Singer-ac­tor Mon­ica Dogra, who had asked her Face­book fans to crowd­fund 50 lakh for a mu­sic video on the LGBT com­mu­nity last week, has been slammed on so­cial media for try­ing to ex­tract money in the name of a so­cial cause. Sharif Rangnekar, an LGBT ac­tivist and a mu­si­cian who re­cently made a video on the LGBT rights for “al­most no cost”, tells us: “There are so many other things that can be done with that big an amount. You can fund queer pa­rades and those NGOs that ac­tu­ally solve the prob­lems faced by the LGBT com­mu­nity.”

How­ever, Dogra jus­ti­fies her cam­paign. “The money is not meant only for the mu­sic video. It’ll also be used to pro­mote aware­ness and make a doc­u­men­tary about the is­sues faced by the LGBT com­mu­nity. Plus, we have to pay for the flights, stay and travel of the in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion crew in In­dia. It will be a very big pro­ject. This is the best I can do to raise aware­ness,” she says. The video will be chore­ographed by Ryan Heff­in­g­ton.

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