Indian Supermodel, Actress Portrays Lesbian
A top Bollywood actress has touched off controversy in India following word that she will play a lesbian in her forthcoming movie, I Can't Think Straight, which was recently filmed in England. Indian-Canadian Lisa Ray, who starred in Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated Water, declined to discuss the film when contacted by IANS, the Indian wire service. But Aseem Bajaj, director of photography on the film, remarked that he does not see the subject matter as controversial -- "not in this day and age." Ray herself is not unfamiliar with controversy generated by her films. Water sparked violent protests by Hindu fundamentalists when it began shooting in Varanasi in 2000, forcing the Uttar Pradesh government to halt additional filming there.