Indian star Abhishek Bachchan on a victory for gay rights

TORONTO (AP) — Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan is cheering India’s decision to strike down a ban on consensual gay sex, calling it “a wonderful step in the right direction.”

India’s Supreme Court last week reversed a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future.”

Bachchan, from the Toronto Film Festival, agreed: “It shows the kind of progression that is happening in India, especially from the mindset of the youth,” he said Tuesday.

While Bachchan said some films have dealt with the issue of homosexuality, Indian cinema is generally not political. He called it “escapist by nature.”

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