Preeti Gupta, a 29-year old Bollywood actress and star in the soap Kahanii Ghar Ghar Ki, has spoken out after nude pictures of her have leaked online. The pictures were allegedly taken from the movie Unfreedom, directed by Florida-based Raj Amit Kumar, in which Gupta plays a closeted lesbian. The movie hit U.S. theaters in May but has been banned in India after the director refused to make the edits the Censor Board had ordered. Gupta called the ban “ridiculous,” saying homosexuality is “very natural” and we should trust the audience’s intelligence. Talking about the leaked photographs, she told The Hindustan Times, “It’s true that the actors are vulnerable, and I am actually very angry about it. It’s bizarre and a violation of privacy. It’s not cool, and if there is anything to be banned, it’s such kind of things. Shooting such scenes needs dedication and discipline. It’s very challenging. The concept of the film made sense to me and that’s why we decided to show the truth of the situation. Ultimately, we were trying to recreate two hours of reality. Our intention is not to titillate but to show you the truth. It needs courage.”
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