Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor and her father, Anil Kapoor from Slumdog Millionaire, star in groundbreaking lesbian love story Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw That Girl).
The film follows Sonam’s character Sweety Chaudhary as her Punjabi family try to find her a suitable husband. Candidates include friends of the family and a man Sweety's grandmother finds on a matrimonial website. However, Sweety is hiding a massive secret – she is secretly in love with a woman.
The synopsis for the movie reads: “Some love stories are not simple, Sweety’s is one such story. She has to contend with her over-enthusiastic family that wants to get her married, a young writer who is completely smitten by her, a secret that she harbors close to her heart and ultimately the truth that her true love might not find acceptance in her family and society. Resolving these issues proves hilarious, touching & life changing. Welcome to the most unexpected romance of the year!”
In September, India’s Supreme Court overturned Section 377 of the penal code and decriminalised gay sex, a stunning victory for equality campaigners in a country where homophobia is rife. Campaigners are now working on changing community attitudes towards LGBT people, who have suffered from harassment, blackmail and extortion attempts because of Section 377.
Sonam is one of Bollywood's highest paid actresses who has been an outspoken LGBT rights advocate during her ten year career. She spoke out against Section 377 at the 2016 KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.
"KASHISH is a wonderful opportunity that brings together talented filmmakers and the society together on a platform that advocates change in mindsets," she said at the opening of the 2016 festival.
"Movies have immense power to influence people and bring about change. Every person in India is guaranteed equality and right to life and liberty, which includes the right to love a person of one’s choice, irrespective of sex or gender."
"The universal language that moves the world is that of love and Hindi films from its very beginnings have portrayed love in its many forms and shades. It’s time for the society to speak out against the law that criminalises people for who they love and restore them with the dignity that they deserve."
Sonam chose Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga to be the first movie she appears in with her father and the title is borrowed from a famous song in Anil Kapoor’s 1994 film 1942: A Love Story.
“I said yes to (director) Shelly Chopra as I loved the story and I felt this is the film that dad and I should do together. I was enthusiastic about the film.”
“I trusted the director, she was clear about the film. I never found authenticity or idealism in any of the other films. I felt nobody besides me and my father (were suited) to do Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.”
The trailer for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga was released on Thursday 26th December and has received an outpouring of support on Twitter. The movie will be released in cinemas on February 1.
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