Farhan Akhtar on article 377: why are we peeping inside bedrooms?

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, known to be an ardent social activist, has spoken up for gay rights this time around.

The 39-year-old supports the soaring resentment against the recent Supreme Court ruling that goes against gay freedom.

"I feel it is a primitive law and does not have any place in today’s society. People have the freedom to choose who they want to be with. As long as they are consenting adults, they have the right to do what they want and I don’t think we should be peeping inside people’s bedrooms and telling them what to do," said Akhtar, who was in the national capital earlier this week.

The actor, who drives a social campaign called MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination), which he created after the December 16 Delhi gangrape, says things  thankfully seem better on women’s safety front even as gay laws need to be given their due.

"Usually, when you have to treat a problem, you have to first diagnose it and understand how bad it is and how severely in need of treatment it is. I think a lot more people are aware of it, a lot more women realise that at times silence is not an option. You have to speak up and be brave about these things. As long as we keep the spotlight on the problem and keep the volume up, and want to discuss it and find a solution, a solution will eventually have to be found," he says.  

Interestingly, the filmmaker was seen sporting a rather different old-world look this time, with a neat moustache.

While he reveals it is for a new project, he says it’s not for a film. "It is for a project but not for a film."

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