Singer-actor Monali Thakur, who is known for songs such as Sawaar loon and Tune maari entriyaan, minces no words when she says that people show double standards when they object to vulgar lyrics.
"The approach that people have is hypocritical. They find lyrics of a particular song vulgar but at a party, they groove to the same song.
They say, ‘Kitne ashleel lyrics hai (the lyrics are so obscene),’ but if you check on YouTube, that very song has the highest number of views.
They obviously like the song because they’re seeing it.
"So what’s the need to criticise?" asks the 28-year-old. Monali, who has earned rave reviews for her role of a sex worker in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi, says she feels fortunate to do such a part.
"I'm very proud of the fact that I am associated with such a film. Not because it was a Nagesh Kukunoor movie or anything, but as a woman, I am happy that they made a story like this and I got a chance to portray such a heroic character," she says.
The one-film-old actor goes on to talk about her recent encounter with super star Amitabh Bachchan.
"Nagesh sir and I were at an awards function where I saw Mr Bachchan for the first time. Instead of saying Hi-hello to him, I just fell at his feet and ran away afterwards. The whole episode must have shocked him, and he must have thought that I am a psycho," she says, adding, "I was extremely intimidated by his presence. I hope I get to work with him in the future."