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Mallika Sherawat to host gay bash

Mallika Sherawat recently shot for the NOH8 campaign demanding equality for homosexuals. Now, the actor plans a lavish engagement party for homosexual friends at a Los Angeles beach house. She says: "I'm so proud to do it..."
Hindustan Times | By Roshmila Bhattacharya, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2012 06:54 PM IST

Recently, in Los Angeles, Mallika Sherawat shot for the NOH8 campaign demanding equality for homosexuals. She believes that everyone has the right to live their life as they please, and this is her small way of using her celebrity status to draw attention to the cause.

The actor who was in India to shoot the item number, Laila…, for Ratan Jain’s thriller, Tezz, has returned to the US and in a month’s time will rent a beach house in Malibu to host an engagement party for her best friend Rick Ferrari and his fiancé Alex. “I’m so proud to do it and looking forward to the bash. Some of my best friends are gay and I love them very much,” she asserts.

Point out to her that in India, ministers are arguing over whether homosexuality is legal and a government lawyer told the Supreme Court recently that it was immoral, against nature and should be banned, and she retorts, “Who the hell is anyone to tell us what is right and what’s wrong? There’s no law against it, homosexuality has been a part of our culture since the days of the kings and queens.”

Mallika Sherawat as Laila in Tezz.
Mallika Sherawat as Laila in Tezz.

She’s encouraged by the fact that like in Hollywood, in Bollywood too, homosexuals do a lot of creative work and are accepted. She believes mindsets will change with education and greater awareness.

Quiz her on her favourite movies on the subject and she says, “Brokeback Mountain (2005) portrayed raw emotions that are common to everyone. Why should anyone be discriminated against just because they feel that way about someone of the same gender?”

Amongst Bollywood movies, she lists Dostana (2008). “It was light-hearted, yet dignified. I had a lot of fun watching it,” she smiles.

Would she be open to an item number in Dostana 2 that flags off in December? “I’m open to any role, script or song if they can afford me,” she says. “It’s not easy to afford Mallika Sherawat. Jackie Chan could, so could the Jains of Venus.”

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