At Cannes, Sonam Kapoor says Bollywood should explore gay themes (w/gallery)

Published: May 20, 2014

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Sonam Kapoor attends “The Homesman” premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

CANNES, France — Could there be a gay love story in Bollywood? One of its biggest stars says it’s time to explore it.

Sonam Kapoor spoke about the possibility in an interview where she lamented India’s laws on homosexuality: Last year, its Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay sex.

“Well you know, unfortunately, in our country right now recently there is a law which does not, which basically had said that homosexuality is not legal which is very sad,” she said.

She added that India’s legal stance is contrary to its culture in which “it’s completely alright, it’s completely OK to be gay.”

Kapoor is in Cannes as an ambassador for the beauty brand L’Oreal. In an interview on Monday, Kapoor talked about last year’s Palme d’or winner, “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a lesbian love story, and whether such a film could be made for Bollywood.

Kapoor believes if gays are depicted on film, it could help bring change in her country.

“We’ve regressed instead of progressing,” she said. “I think movies can influence the way people think sometimes and if we do start making love stories or we start making movies about people who are amazing human beings, people who have done something in life, people who are inspirational who aren’t necessarily only straight, I think people will start appreciating them more,” she said. “So yeah, I think we need to expose India a little bit more so we should make more movies about them.”

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Indian actress Sonam Kapoor poses as she arrives for the screening of the film "Foxcatcher" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 19, 2014. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

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