Sonam Kapoor sent fans into meltdown as she played a lesbian character in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, the first mainstream LGBT film in Bollywood.
The actress starred as Sweety Chaudhary, opposite dad Anil Kapoor – who portrayed her on-screen father.
And, speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk at Cannes Film Festival, the 33-year-old revealed she wasn’t afraid of taking the role on.
When asked how she feels about people using her film to come out to their parents, she told us: ‘Even if the film changed the life of just one person, that is enough for me. That is the kind of effect I want to have when I make a choice and play a lesbian character.
‘We made the film on a tight budget because it was not palatable for a lot of people, so investments were an issue due to the leading character being a lesbian. I think, it’s important to make such films, even if they don’t make the big numbers at the box office.
‘I know a lot of South-Asian people who took their parents to the cinema so that they can come out to them, through the film.
‘I wanted families to go and watch it, and you can’t shock close-minded people into it as it’s an uneasy topic for many, so we made it slightly differently in the hope that it will be accepted.’
Sonam also insisted she wasn’t worried about negativity over the role, as she has been supporting gay rights for a long time.
‘I wasn’t I afraid of any backlash for playing a lesbian mainstream character,’ she continued. ‘I’ve been an advocate and a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I don’t do it because I need to, but because that is my belief.
‘I believe we are born the way we are and shouldn’t be put in boxes. I find it very unkind and cruel when people do that. It’s not right to pressure someone into being who they aren’t.
‘I don’t have opinions on things that are frivolous, I speak out about relevant and socially justifiable things. I feel sorry for people who troll me for my opinions. Age has been very kind to me, it took me some time to get used to it, but it doesn’t bother me at all anymore.’
Sonam has completely turned her life around over the last few years, after marrying husband Anand Ahuja last May.
Soon after their nuptials, the couple relocated from Mumbai to London, buying a plush 4-befroom apartment in Notting Hill.
Discussing married life, she said: ‘If you get married to the right person, it’s amazing and if you don’t, it’s terrible. Fortunately, I’m married to my best friend and it’s fun and incredible.
‘I love living in London, especially where I live in in Notting Hill. I have a lot of freedom and I enjoy it. I never thought that I’d end up there but it’s going to be my home now.
‘My husband Anand and I do everything ourselves at home, we have housekeepers, but we end up doing most of the chores ourselves.’
And she explained that, following the move, she would be keen on starring in more UK productions.
‘I would love to work in local British productions when I’m in London,’ she added. ‘Even though, being a housewife has been brilliant and amazing, I’ve worked my entire life and want to work eventually when I’m in London too.’
From Cannes to Walford, maybe?