Yesterday (May 25, 2016) was definitely one big day for Sonam Kapoor as the celebrity inaugurated the Kashish Film Festival with none besides the international star Sir Ian McKellen.
McKellen can also be a gay, who is known for his work in films such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’. He was presentalong with superstar Aamir Khan to discuss William Shakespeare at the MAMI Film Festival a few days back.
“I’m here for Kashish, and I’m here because I strongly believe in what this film festival stands for, that it’s a basic human rights.”
“It’s not about being lesbian, gay, female, male, transsexual, anything, it’s about being able to be who you want to be and somebody who is just themselves. I’m a strong supporter of basic human rights,” Sonam said.
Whereas, McKellen said, “I just want to say how happy I am to be at Kashish; it’s my first visit to Mumbai. I made many friends already and I hope this evening to make many more.”
“I’ve come to Mumbai to celebrate Shakespeare and to celebrate the connections between the United Kingdom and your country. And I’ve also come to support those who want to get rid of section 377 (which criminalizes homosexuality).”
Later, he added, “Whatever our sexuality, whatever our taste, we must all be treated equally. That is the world Nelson Mandela fought for. That is the future, I believe, Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of seeing.”