Homosexuality is often a talking point these days, and a few recent movies have explored the topic as well. The subject, however, has rarely been touched upon in Indian music. One of the outliers is DJ Nanok’s new single, ‘Lay you down,’ which depicts a relationship between two women. The song’s video features singer-actor Monica Dogra (left) and singer-actor Anushka Manchanda making love. Dogra speaks with HT Café about the song, feminism, and acting in Bollywood films.
Were you nervous about how the song would be received?
I held on to the faith that the nation is ready. Luckily, the nation has proved me right. I’m very grateful.
Were you hesitant to be a part of the video? What is your off screen equation with Anushka like?
I wasn’t hesitant. I liked the song, and the music video aligns with a lot of the themes I’m exploring in my own art. Anushka and I have been friends and colleagues for quite some time. I adore her.
Watch: Lay You Down featuring Monica Dogra and Anushka Manchanda
How widely do you think same-sex relationships are accepted in our country today?
I think that the freedom [to love whomever you want] is still fighting for a chance in India. I believe that people ought to love whoever they please. We have to keep fighting until love can just be love.
What do you think about feminism in India? Do you feel it’s misunderstood?
Not anymore. Feminism has come a long way. Now it’s about changing cultural norms and creating a tolerant and peaceful society with room and space for all.
Watch: Trailer of Dhobhi Ghat featuring Monica Dogra
Will you continue acting in Bollywood?
I’d love to act more. I am open and waiting for the right projects to come along.