Ra­jkum­mar on his sup­port for LGBTQ and the # Me­Too move­ment

The Asian Age - - Delhi Special - SUB­HASH K JHA

As the ac­tor con­tin­ues to soak in praise for his role in the film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, he talks about the grow­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the LGBT com­mu­nity in main­stream Hindi cin­ema. “Times are chang­ing and so is our cin­ema. I’ve been a part of some re­ally won­der­ful films ad­dress­ing the is­sues of LGBTQ rights like Ali­garh, and now, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and am very happy with the way people have re­ceived these sto­ries,” he says.

The ac­tor also feels that sup­port for the com­mu­nity should not only come from main­stream cin­ema but “every­body needs to sup­port them”. When asked if he would play a char­ac­ter be­long­ing to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity, the ac­tor says, “Of course, if there is an ex­cit­ing char­ac­ter that comes my way. I’m open to play­ing any­thing as long as there is some­thing for me to ex­plore as an ac­tor.”

In fact, it is this drive to de­velop as an ac­tor that guides Ra­jkum­mar’s choice of roles. He tells us, “I like push­ing my bound­aries and play­ing char­ac­ters that can chal­lenge me. I also feel that when­ever there is a chance to talk about some­thing which is so­cially rel­e­vant or which can make people think through my films, I should al­ways do that.” And it’s be­cause of this phi­los­o­phy that the ac­tor doesn’t lose sleep over the box of­fice col­lec­tions. Hence, even though Ek Ladki… didn’t do too well at the BO, the ac­tor says that the re­sponse the film is get­ting more than makes up for it. “We got so much of love for Ek Ladki... it’s over­whelm­ing. Ev­ery film is not meant to break the box of­fice records. There are some films you do as ac­tors and as hu­man be­ings be­cause there is a very im­por­tant story in it that needs to be told,” he says.

The ac­tor, who re­cently spoke up about the sex­ual ha­rass­ment charge against Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani, says that it is im­por­tant for work­places to be safe and se­cure, es­pe­cially for women. Talk­ing about the Me­Too move­ment, he says, “I’m all in sup­port of the move­ment and women all over the world should feel safe and se­cure at the work­place and it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to make the work­place safe for them.”

The ac­tor feels that sup­port for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity should not only come from main­stream cin­ema but every­body needs to sup­port them”

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