"I usually put myself in the shoes of the character I play, and therefore, it doesn't affect me. If I were to do this role convincingly, I have to believe in the character. Therefore, I had to be emotionally involved in the role of the mother who finds out that her son is gay and was required to react in a certain way, she said."
Chennai, April 23 - Anupama Kumar, a well-known southern actress, will be seen in

upcoming Hindi independent film My Son Is Gay and she wonders why it is a big deal to act in such films.

My Son Is Gay is about an emotional journey of a mother who finds out that her son is gay.

I don't understand why it is a big deal to act in this film. It's just another film with a story I feel needs to be told to create some awareness. To all those who are asking me why I'm doing this film, I would like to say why not, Anupama told IANS.

People are asking me like I've done something revolutionary by agreeing to work in this film. Of course, I know many actors would hesitate to play this role but the fact that I'm doing it is to change the whole perception about taking up such roles. I would like to live in a world where playing these roles is welcomed, she added.

Anupama feels responsible as an actor when she takes up roles such as these.

I feel it's the responsibility of every actor to take up such roles. Since we have a public persona, whatever we do is influential to a certain extent. If we can make a change, we should not miss an opportunity to do that, she said.

She admits taking up the role required her to be emotionally involved, but it didn't affect her personally.

I usually put myself in the shoes of the character I play, and therefore, it doesn't affect me. If I were to do this role convincingly, I have to believe in the character. Therefore, I had to be emotionally involved in the role of the mother who finds out that her son is gay and was required to react in a certain way, she said.

My Son Is Gay is being directed by Chennai-based independent filmmaker Lokesh. It also features actor-filmmaker Nakshatra Bagwe.


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