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Are our actors willing to act gay?

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    Arshad Warsi
    By Subhash K. Jha IndiFM

    In a society which is not very open to the issue of sex and sexuality are the contemporary actors in Bollywood willing to play a gay role. Well there were mixed responses from many of the heroes. Some were bold enough to say that would love to do the challenging roles where as others just preferred avoiding theses roles.

    Vinay Pathak: "Excitement of portraying any character lies in the strength of the character's graph and progression in the plot and its conflicts. How a character helps a narrative grow is what interests me the most. The cast's sexual orientation and other factors are all secondary."

    Sammir Dattani: "I must admit playing one makes me slightly uncomfortable at this stage of my career when I'm still finding my bearings. For my new film, Dhoom Dhadaka, I had to get into drag and I was very uneasy. It took Tom Hanks and Irrfan years before they came to Philadelphia and Migration. I need to be experienced as an actor before I attempt a character so distanced from me."

    Neil Mukesh: "Well, It's a character and we are actors. So if the script demands it, why not?

    Nakul Vaid: "I've no issues playing gay. Doing any character depends on how deep you can explore it and portray it convincingly for yourself and the audience. The character's sexual preference is secondary…unless it is forced into the script, Then I'll have nothing to do with it.

    Prashant Raj: "I don't think I'd do justice to a role like that. My structure and built might not be conducive to playing such a role."

    Mohit Ahlawat: "For me it's difficult to play gay as I won't be able to identify with such a character. Sorry, I can't play a role I'm so far removed from. But I respect an actor like Irrfan or Sanjay Suri who can."

    Arshad Warsi: "I'd willingly play a gay character. It will be a new challenge to me as an actor."

    Anuj Sawhney: "If heroes can play grey characters, I guess it proves the walls between 'this' side and 'that' are breaking. It's up to an actor's individual craft and study of the character to portray a character in a way that leaves a lasting impression."

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