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Bollywood applauds legalisation of homosexuality

Bollywood which 'came out' of the closet with films like "My Brother Nikhil" and "Dostana" applauded the "historic" Delhi High Court ruling which legalised homosexuality.

delhi Updated: Jul 02, 2009 23:55 IST

Bollywood which 'came out' of the closet with films like "My Brother Nikhil" and "Dostana" applauded the "historic" Delhi High Court ruling which legalised homosexuality.

"This is a defining moment in the history of free India. No state has the right to tell its citizens when or
whom to love. The only 'queer' people are those who propagate hate," filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt told PTI.

"It is a very important judgement, it sends the correct signals across. It was not a overnight change. People
will now be able to live without any fear, fear of being blackmailed or anything," said filmmaker Onir whose "My

Brother Nikhil" and "Bas Ek Pal" dealt with the concept of homosexuality.

"The law was never a part of our culture, it should have gone away with colonialism. It only applies to Delhi
jurisdiction, but I hope it has a greater impact. It is a step which the rest of the country should follow," Onir said.

Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham, who won over legions of gay fans with his film "Dostana", said, "I am
personally very happy. I think everybody needs equal rights, irrespective of being homosexual or heterosexual. I think it's a positive step."