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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Monica Dogra draws flak for her lesbian role

Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 29, 2014
First Published: 10:30 IST(29/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:38 IST(29/4/2014)
For singer-actor Monica Dogra, life seems to be ­moving in the fast lane.

She will be releasing her debut solo album soon, and will also be seen in an American short film, Relapse, where she plays a lesbian opposite model Casey Legler. Predictably, Monica has been bombarded with hate mails for her homosexual role.

"Within days of the news getting announced, I have had people bad-mouthing me on social media. All of them, ignorantly, are scared of things to which they are not exposed. We need to come out and declare our sexuality. There is so much fear right now.  So we can have adult film stars in the industry, and no one makes an issue about it, because they (adult films actors) are expected to act in a particular ­manner; ­something that is ­acceptable by society," says Monica, ­adding that Indian film ­industry does not allow the same time for female actors to grow old in the industry.

"Male actors do so many films as they grow older. But females aren’t allowed to age ­gracefully.  This objectification of women has to stop," she says, adding, "Women need to be empowered."
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