Bollywood actress Zareen Khan, who portrays a homosexual character in the upcoming film Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele, feels cinema should be used to normalize the concept of having a conversation around homosexuality among the elder generation.
“After hearing the narration I realized how significant the story is, to come out in films. Although the court has decriminalized Article 377, society and our parents’ generation is certainly not okay with the reality that homosexuals are as normal as all of us. It is just another sexual orientation and nothing more. The young generation is already having a conversation among themselves. Unless society is supportive, how will they live freely?” wondered Zareen, while speaking to IANS.
Citing a real-life example, Zareen said: “I have a friend who is a homosexual and his family is trying to get him married to a girl. He still is unable to tell his parents because they are orthodox. This is a problem many people of the LGBTQ+ community face, so I think we should use the power of cinema to implant the thought of normalcy in people’s mind, especially people who are not well-versed with the topic of homosexuality.”
The story of the film revolves around two homosexual characters played by Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha.
Jha has also produced the film, which is directed by Harish Vyas. The film will be screened at the South Asian Film Festival in Manhattan on November 22.
Sharing why she is proud to bag the role in the film, Zareen said: “I had to audition for the role because initially, the makers thought that I have that ‘glamorous image’ from my earlier films, and this film required a girl-next-door image. I auditioned for the role and I am glad that I bagged it.”