LBGT representation remains a hit-or-miss prospect in India’s Bollywood scene with queer characters and storylines usually being relegated to the sidelines or presented with harmful stereotypes. However, Sonam Kapoor’s upcoming film El Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, How I Felt When I Saw That Girl, is aiming to be a massive game changer.
The film will star Sonam Kapoor, one of the highest paid Indian actresses and an outspoken LBGT rights activist in her own right. Kapoor opposed the colonial era Section 377, which banned gay sex, though the archaic law has since been overturned by India’s Supreme Court.
In response to the landmark ruling, Kapoor declared on social media “This is the India I want to live in…Not one filled with hate, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and intolerance. THIS is the India I love. 🇮🇳 🌈”
How I Felt When I Saw That Girl will also star Sonam’s father, Anil Kapoor. It will be the first time the real life child and parent will be playing the same relationship on camera.
In an interview, Sonam spoke of her apprehension of working with her dad, saying “I was very skeptical [of being in] a film with my father. We have been approached for films several times.”
She eventually decided to work with a script she loved as well as a director that she “trusted” fully.
She added “I said yes to Shelly Chopra [the director] as I loved the story and I felt this is the film that dad and I should do together. I was enthusiastic about the film.”
Sonam will play Sweety Chaudhary, a Punjabi girl who clashes with her family because she rejects the suitors they’ve chosen for her in favor of a woman (played by Regina Cassandra). Despite the revolutionary material, the film is being billed as a romantic comedy rather than a drama.
Sonam’s previous credits include romantic comedies I Hate Luv Storys, Khoobsurat, and Dolly Ki Dol. She is also known for romantic dramas Raanjhanaa, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and biopic Neerja.
Anil is best known to western audiences for acting in the Academy Award-winning film Slum Dog Millionaire. He has won awards for his performances in Pukar, No Entry, and Dil Dhadakne Do.
Via Pink News