Artistes, filmmakers, and technicians of Hindi cinema rejoiced and celebrated the landmark decision of the Supreme Court to strike down the outdated law.
Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha praise Supreme Court decision to repeal section 377
Mumbai - 06 Sep 2018 13:32 IST
Updated : 20:38 IST
Members of the Hindi film industry celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to repeal the oppressive section 377, introduced back in 1862 during British rule. Today (6 September), the court decriminalized homosexuality and provided equal sexual rights for all citizens.
Actors Arjun Kapoor, John Abraham, Rajkummar Rao, Farhan Akhtar and Ayushmann Khurrana, actresses Swara Bhasker and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, and filmmakers Hansal Mehta and Karan Johar were among the celebrities who took to social media to express their joy at the verdict.
Sonam K Ahuja, long an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community, said she had tears of joy. She hailed the decision, saying, "We will all live in Utopia", and hoped people could live without 'labels' one day.
Crying tears of joy for the lgbtqi community. One day there won’t be any labels and we will all live in utopia. pic.twitter.com/veQe1S92FD— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 6, 2018
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. ðÂÂÂÂ®ðÂÂÂÂ³ ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 6, 2018
Director Hansal Mehta, whose Aligarh (2016) revolved around the real-life story of professor Ramchandra Siras and his removal from Aligarh Muslim University, called it a 'time to rejoice but also to reflect'.
A new beginning. The law is gone. The Supreme Court has done what parliament failed to do. Now it’s time for attitudes to change. Let’s rejoice but let us also reflect. This is a new beginning. #Sec377verdict https://t.co/2HQqIY7vUB— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 6, 2018
His Aligarh stars Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao hailed the court's verdict. Bajpayee even thought of Siras on the day of the landmark verdict.
Congratulations to the LGBTQ COMMUNITY and fellow citizens.its a victory for all of us. Thank you honorary Supreme Court for instilling our faith in our judiciary and democracy.professor Siras must be a happy man up there.@Apurvasrani @satyarainagpaul @mehtahansal @RajkummarRao— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) September 6, 2018
Historic verdict by Supreme Court today. #377— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) September 6, 2018
The writer of Aligarh, Apurva Asrani, was more expressive about his feelings. Paraphrasing the words of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 15 August 1947, he wrote, "At the stroke of the mid-day hour, as the conscience of many slept, India’s LGBTQ awoke to light and freedom. This moment came 71 years too late in history, 71 years after our brethren attained freedom; but the soul of a community, long suppressed, has found utterance. Congratulations!"
At the stroke of the mid-day hour, as the conscience of many slept, India’s LGBTQ awoke to light & freedom. This moment came 71 years too late history, 71 yrs after our brethren attained freedom; but the soul of a community, long suppressed, has found utterance. Congratulations!— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) September 6, 2018
Actor Sanjay Suri, who featured in Onir's My Brother… Nikhil (2005), a film on a gay swimming champion diagnosed with AIDS in the 1990s, also hailed the verdict.
History made today....colonial stains finally washed! Legality exits Love ! #Section377— sanjay suri (@sanjaysuri) September 6, 2018
Other Hindi film personalities also spoke out online about their joy at the verdict.
Just landed at #Frankfurt and was very happy to know the decision of Apex court on #Section377 & showing respect for individual privacy and sexual orientation. A big cheers to all the activists who have fought for years for the rights.ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) September 6, 2018
And kudos to all those activists/ lawyers ++ who fought this ludicrous discriminatory law for decades in the face of rampant abuse and stress— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) September 6, 2018
Well done all of u who fought the good fight ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂ½ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂ½ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂ½ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂ½
Take a bow#Article377
Congratulations to all the activists and petitioners on #SupremeCourt judgement scrapping #Section377 Your perseverance just made #India a freer place for everyone ! #LoveIsLove #Pride #377Verdict #377Scrapped Three cheers for the #SupremeCourt pic.twitter.com/grA64TTB3w— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 6, 2018
We won! Thank you SC! ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂ#377IsHistory #pride— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) September 6, 2018
“Section 377 is arbitrary. The LGBT community possesses rights like others. Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights. We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion and ensure equal rights.”
Tis a beautiful day ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ https://t.co/MwVFfaWGip— Vir Das (@thevirdas) September 6, 2018
RIP #Section377— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 6, 2018
The new sunshine of this day is that of a progressive India. Love all!
“I am what I https://t.co/mUvlnwh4zX take me as I am”... Hail the #SupremeCourtOfIndia ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂ!!— vidya balan (@vidya_balan) September 6, 2018
Grateful that so many people i love won’t need to live in fear of ‘being found out’ anymoreâÂÂÂÂï¸ÂÂ.
“If you have a heart you should be free to love who you want.” ðÂÂÂÂÂÂâÂÂ¤ï¸ÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂSo Happy to hear that the Supreme Court of India ðÂÂÂÂ®ðÂÂÂÂ³ has abolished #section377 decriminalising Homosexuality ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ #equality #lgbtrights #nodiscrimination #ting pic.twitter.com/47yEBdkul7— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) September 6, 2018
Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back! ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂªðÂÂÂÂÂÂªðÂÂÂÂÂÂªðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ pic.twitter.com/ZOXwKmKDp5— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 6, 2018