NEW DELHI, Feb 27: Even as India’s colonial era provision of Section 377 of the Indian Pel Code — that crimilises homosexuality — continues to hang around like the Albatross on the LGBT community’s neck, actor Manoj Bajpayee says that today, the majority has begun to “accept homosexuals”, and it’s the “minority” that needs to change their minds.
The tiol Award-winning actor, who is known for his power-packed, character-driven roles, is earning accolades for portraying the late Aligarh Muslim University academician Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras in Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh”. Siras was suspended from his job as a professor because of his sexual orientation. He was found dead in his apartment in Aligarh in 2010.
“I am treating this as the biggest truth and I am ready to believe that today homosexuals are much more accepted in society. It is just that this minority who is aggressive, violent and loud that we have to keep on making these films to change their mind, to make them think and to keep the debate going,” Manoj told IANS in a candid tete-a-tete here.
Dressed in a casual white shirt and light blue denims, Manoj’s eyes lit up while he expressed the view that society unfortutely tends to take this “minority” as the “majority” when it comes to rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders.
“I always believe in the thing that there is a minority in our society, which is very loud in their voices, who get this liberty from god knows where to invade into anybody’s privacy,” he asserted.
Manoj’s character in the film is a reserved mind, who loves Marathi literature, Lata Mangeshkar’s songs and whiskey.
“He also has a very deep understanding of the word love and where he is talking about uncontrollable urge, which is very tural. This is what happens to me... I am heterosexual. It happens to me when I find a girl very attractive. When you love somebody, you love somebody completely...” the actor eloquently explained what love means to both Siras and him.
“You can fall in love with anything... With a certain kind of bird or a butterfly... Love has a broader meaning,” he added.
In 1998, Manoj captivated the imagition of Indian cinegoers as the underworld don Bhiku Matre in “Satya”. A year later, he stunned audiences as the honest police inspector Samar Pratap Singh in “Shool” and went on to do several memorable films before gaining mass acclaim as Sardar Khan in “Gangs of Wasseypur”.
Having done so much in films and theatre, the 46-year-old actor said he isn’t getting any younger. And he has shown it in his role of Siras, a sexagerian. (IANS)