Actress Kangana Ranaut has voiced her support for same-sex marriage, stating that people’s preferences do not matter when their “hearts are one”. The actor, who was speaking to reporters in Haridwar on Sunday, described marriage as a “bond of love”. The co-writer of Kangana’s 2017 film Simran, Apurva Asrani, who is openly gay, took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the actress for speaking up in support of marriage equality. Asrani thanked Kangana for being brave and timely in her statement, particularly at a time when many celebrities shy away from taking a stand on such issues. Meanwhile, a constitution bench in India is currently hearing arguments on a batch of pleas seeking legal validation for same-sex marriages.
This is a positive step towards inclusion and equality in Bollywood, and Kangana’s support for the cause is commendable. As an influential figure in the industry, her voice can bring attention to important social issues, particularly those that affect marginalized communities. It is heartening to see individuals like Apurva Asrani and Kangana Ranaut use their platforms to advocate for progressive causes and support the LGBTQ+ community. We hope to see more Bollywood stars follow suit and speak out for equal rights and representation for all.