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I can drop my pants, says Rahul

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 18:07 IST
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Rahul Bose, the atypical leading man of films like English August, Mumbai Matinee, Split Wide Open and now Pyaar Ke Side Effects, says he can drop his pants and his inhibitions easily because he has no image.

"I guess I can drop my pants and my inhibitions because I'm not a conventional leading man. I've no image. I'm marginal. To the mainstream actors, the image is more important than their integrity as actor," Rahul said in an interview.

"People ask me why I did a nude scene in Split Wide Open. When you submit to a genre you submit completely. I believe actors cannot afford to shy away from homosexuality. It's the easiest thing for me to take a stand on the matter because I'm acting."

His recent release Pyaar Ke Side Effects (PKSE) is replete with talk about sex and copulation. But the actor says he doesn't regret doing it.

"I went with the director Saket Chaudhury's instincts. The audience loves it."

He doesn't agree that PKSE is his most sexually unabashed film. "I think Split Wide Open was more unabashed."

Excerpts:

In your new film Pyaar Ke Side Effects you're shown talking to a very private part of your anatomy.
Don't lots of men do that? They do it all the time. It's a dialogue you carry on all your life. But I didn't want to do it. I went with the director Saket Chaudhury's instincts. The audience loves it.

No other hero would have done the dialogue with his private parts.
People ask me why I did a nude scene in Split Wide Open. When you submit to a genre you submit completely. Even the sexual politics of my character in Govind Nihalani's Takshak had my character using his gun like an extension of his phallus. I played a sexually insecure person. Very few actors throw away their vanity while playing a character. Balraj Sahni did.

Why are Bollywood actors so inhibited about portraying sexuality?
In one of my earliest films Bom-gay (a series of short films) I played a gay character who was shown having sex with a stranger in the passive position. I did it because the director was a dear friend.

No actor wanted to do that role. I did it because I believe actors cannot afford to shy away from homosexuality. It's the easiest thing for me to take a stand on the matter because I'm acting.

There's still a stigma against homosexuality in films and in society?
Yes, we haven't moved one inch forward. I fully support Vikram Seth and Arundhati Roy who want Article 377 to be abolished. These are shameful laws. Our cinema remains deeply hypocritical. Art exhibitions showing huge penises can only create outrage. Genuine social change has to come slowly, and from the fringes. Mr & Mrs Iyer got it right. We need to tackle homosexuality in a similar way. We only have crass movies reinforcing stereotypes on homosexuality.

What made you get so gutsy so early in your career?
I guess I can drop my pants and my inhibitions because I'm not a conventional leading man. I've no image. I'm marginal. To the mainstream actors the image is more important than their integrity as actor.

I've never treated a single shot with disrespect. I can never get smug on screen. An actor has to take his character as far as it needs to go. When people say they think I'm real in PKSE, I'm thrilled.

The dialogues discuss copulation, underwear, etc.
It's all buddy-buddy talk. I agree it could've easily become smutty. In the hands of a crass director and actors, who easily slip into toilet humour, the film could've become another one of those cheesy comedies, like the buddy flick I was offered after "Jhankar Beats".

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