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New Delhi: Actor Manoj Bajpayee commented that the concept of “censor board itself is a farce in a democracy” after the Central Board for Film Certification certified his forthcoming film “Aligarh” as ‘A’.

Directed by Hansal Mehta, “Aligarh” is a based on the real-life story of Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a professor at Aligarh Muslim University who was suspended from his job because he was gay.

Manoj, who is playing the professor’s role, says classifying films on the basis of age groups is okay, but there shouldn’t be interference with a director’s creative output.

“I do believe in the classification of movies, Like a film is for a 12-year-old and above or so. In that case, classifying is okay as that is how all cinema boards operate all over the world. But you cannot interfere with the creative output of the director,” Manoj said in an interview.

“Nobody gives you the right to interfere with somebody else’s right to freedom of expression. Five people cannot decide what millions and billions of people should or should not watch. The whole censor board itself is a farce in a democracy,” he added.

in India, homosexuality is a criminal offence as per Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

As a ray of hope for the LGBT community, the Supreme Court has decided to refer to a Constitution bench, a batch of curative petitions seeking a re-look at its earlier verdict upholding the validity of the law criminalizing homosexuality.

Touching upon the subject of homosexuality, the 46-year-old National Award winning actor said: “it’s a natural sexual preference” for a lot of people.

“Homosexuality is not something which is new. It is there since the inception of humankind and it is there in hundreds of species. World Health Organization (WHO) has found that it is a natural phenomenon, so as a society if we want to grow, we have to be inclusive. We cannot be criminalizing somebody just because he is different from us,” the actor said.

The actor expressing about hypocrisy we face said “There are too many hypocrites in this society. We are victims of hypocrisy. On one hand we worship goddesses, and on the other hand, we don’t give women their rights. You know, we have women harassment cases, we say we take care of our children and then there is child labour.”

“Likewise, it’s the society which is not ready to accept so many things on a public platform,” added Manoj, who is known for power-packed roles in films like “Shool”, “Satya” and “Pinjar”.

The actor is starring in the forthcoming film “Aligarh” playing the role of the professor. The film also stars Rajkummar Rao who plays a role of a journalist.

Manoj has also featured in a short film titled “Taandav”, and he hopes it “changes a lot in the short film segment” in the country.(IANS)(Image courtesy: Bollywoodcat.com)

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I Want To Keep on Evolving As an Actor: Ranveer Singh

"I am looking forward to our next creative collaboration," he said

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Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati
Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. Instagram

Actor Ranveer Singh says he wants to explore something new with each of his project, and keep on evolving as an artiste.

“As an artiste, I have always wanted to entertain audiences, at the same time offering something new to them with every film, with a constant endeavour to push myself to evolve as an actor,” Ranveer said in a statement.

“With ‘Simmba’ again, I was doing something absolutely new, thus adding a new dimension to my repertoire,” he added.

Last year, Ranveer garnered applause for essaying the role of villainous Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji in “Padmaavat”. At the moment, he is enjoying successful run of “Simmba”.

Ranveer’s performance as the corrupt police officer Simmba, who has a moral turnaround to become the saviour of justice, has been getting positive response from critics and audiences.

Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh wants to keep on evolving as an actor. Flickr

Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, an action-comedy drama, revolves around a corrupt police officer who eventually stands up against rapist. Also starring Sara Ali Khan, the film opened on December 28 last year. It has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark.

Talking about the film, Ranveer said: “I had never done this kind of out and out masala entertainer — a kind of movie I had always wanted to do. I’m extremely grateful to the audience for the love they have showered on my performance and on the film. It is encouraging and truly humbling. It has been an absolutely incredible year for me, and the success of ‘Simmba’ makes it an ideal way to end the year — on a huge, huge high.”

Ranveer Singh credits the success of “Simmba” to Shetty’s vision.

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“I want to thank Rohit Shetty for believing in me and making me his hero. Rohit’s vision propelled by the collective effort of his entire team has been the sole reason behind ‘Simmba’ hitting the bullseye. It has been an absolute honour to work with him and his stellar team. Their large-hearted mentoring and exemplary work ethic has spurred a tremendous growth in me as a performer.

“I am looking forward to our next creative collaboration,” he said. (IANS)