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LGBT community won’t be free till section 377 exists: Celina Jaitley

Celina, who was last seen on the big screen in Will You Marry Me?, is keen to return to films with her own home production.

bollywood Updated: May 30, 2016 14:39 IST
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Celina was last seen in Bollywood film Will You Marry Me. (HT Photo)
Celina was last seen in Bollywood film Will You Marry Me. (HT Photo)

Celina Jaitley says section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is a big challenge for millions of people, who belong to the LGBT community.

The ambassador of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, said as long as section 377 of the IPC, which criminalises homosexuality, exists, people of the community won’t feel free. “The way we started, there is a huge difference. Be it the sponsors, media, people or even Bollywood. But our biggest challenge will always be there as long as section 377 exists,” said Celina.

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“As long as it is there I don’t think millions of Indians, who belong to the LGBT community, will truly be free.”

The 34-year-old actor was speaking at the closing ceremony of the fest, which showcased old and new LGBT films and the Apna Sapna Money Money actor feels such movies are important in influencing generations. “We have received so many national and international entries this time, which is a good news. Because films influence the society, not only the current one but also the coming generations.”

Watch: Celina Jaitley in a song from Apna Sapna Money Money

Celina, who was last seen on the big screen in Will You Marry Me?, is keen to return to films with her own home production. “I had a long sabbatical of nearly four years. I am looking forward to my home production and a lot more comedy films in the future.”

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