Sonam Kapoor likes to break sterotypes on screen as well as off it, and she did it again with her recently released film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. A film that doesn’t differentiate between love, but let love be.
When the teaser of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga came out, many expected it to be a love story between Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. But the trailer of the film pull down the curtains on this notion. Because Sonam’s latest is treading the path many conventional filmmakers and actors shy away from – same-sex love.
A film that doesn’t compartmentalise love but celebrates it in every form. In Shelly Chopra Dhar’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Sonam plays a girl from Punjab who is in love with another girl.
Recently, Kareena Kapoor Khan called Sonam on her radio show, What Women Want, to talk about how homosexuality is portrayed on the big screen.
When asked if Sonam drew inspiration from her real-life views to portray the role of Sweety in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, the 33-year-old actress said, “I don’t know if I draw inspiration from my own life, but I have a very overactive imagination.”
“So my imgaination helps in drawing for the character. Emotionally, yes, I can draw from something sad or happy or something intense that has happened in my life. But I don’t know about characteristics,” added Sonam.
Kareena, who has worked with Sonam in Veere Di Weeding, said that Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga brought a lesbian story to the forefront. But we hardly get to see a film on gay love. To which Sonam replied, “Society, in general, likes to control who women or men love. They are agist, sexist and homophobic. And you just want to control it. So, I think when there is a little bit of conflict in a story, it just adds something to it. Film and art is just a reflection of what is going on in the society.”
Talking about how Indian parents still play a hurdle in the choices that their children make in terms of the people they love, Kareena asked how we can change the perspective of the older generation.
“There is a change societally. In India, how people have to let relationships and let love be. There are still so many honor killings, there are still so many people who run away from their house or are disowned by their parents and family. But at the same time, I think films and art is such a medium that it can entertain and educate at the same time. So society has changed a little bit but not as much as it should,” added Sonam.