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Hrithik Roshan is flattered being called a gay icon

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 04, 2013
First Published: 09:48 IST(4/2/2013) | Last Updated: 10:39 IST(4/2/2013)
In an industry where the top male stars enjoy a fan following of millions, Hrithik Roshan stands out because of his gay fans. For years now the actor has been labelled a gay icon and has topped surveys conducted among members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.

When asked about his status as a gay icon, Hrithik says he is flattered with all the attention. “It’s a compliment and I react humbly to it, just as I would to any other compliment. It definitely feels good, says Hrithik.

The actor goes on to appeal to the society to leave their prejudices behind, and respect independent choices, when it comes to LGBT members. “We have to grow up, we can’t be immature and segregate people according to their likes and dislikes. They (homosexuals) are just like you and I,” says the actor, who is now heavily involved in the post-production of Krrish 3.

When it comes to his gay icon image, the actor maintains that he doesn’t prefer labelling human beings on their personal choices. “They are human and I love them all. It doesn’t matter if you are gay or not. I might not like fish and you might love it, but I shouldn’t dislike you for that,” says Hrithik. He is also reportedly involved with extensive social work, but prefers not to boast about it in the media. The actor has been taking care of 12 quadriplegic people, since he understands their suffering having played one in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish (2010).

On the work front Hrithik is all set to start Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang with Katrina Kaif by the end of this month. When asked if he is also working with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar in her yet-untitled project opposite Kareena Kapoor, he says, “I haven’t signed the film. As of now, I am only doing Siddharth’s film.”
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