WEB DESK: Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor and international star Sir Ian McKellen inaugurated the Kashish Film Festival on late Wednesday.
The event is the South Asia’s biggest LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) film festival and this is the seventh edition of the festival inaugurated on Wednesday.
Agreeing with Sir Ian McKellen’s call of getting rid of the draconian section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Sonam said that she has always been a supporter of gay and lesbian rights.
In the event, the ‘Khoobsurat’ actress said, “I’m here for Kashish, and I’m here because I strongly believe in what this film festival stands for, that it’s a basic human rights; it’s not about being lesbian, gay, female, male, transsexual, anything, it’s about being able to be who you want to be and somebody who is just themselves. I’m a strong supporter of basic human rights,” Indian media reported.
“I just want to say how happy I am to be at Kashish; it’s my first visit to Mumbai. I made many friends already and I hope this evening to make many more. I’ve come to Mumbai to celebrate Shakespeare and to celebrate the connections between the United Kingdom and your country. And I’ve also come to support those who want to get rid of section 377 (which criminalizes homosexuality),” McKellen said. – Business Recorder