It's a sad state of affairs when a female actor's claim to fame is her nude pictures leaked online. It's not something anyone could have control over, and imagine the horror of having to live your life being known for your leaked nude images.
Recently, it was Radhika Apte who found herself in the middle of a leaked-nude-picture controversy and now it's Preeti Gupta, who was previously an actor on TV with Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki.
The leaked images are from an upcoming film that Gupta was a part of called Unfreedom, which is directed by Raj Amit Kumar. It also stars Victor Banerjee and Adil Hussain. The film revolves around homosexuality in the lower economic strata.
Speaking to a newspaper, Gupta said, "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."
Media also reported that the film was banned in India after the Florida-based director refused to incorporate edits to the film suggested by the censor board. Unfreedom was later released in May in the US.
"I find the ban very ridiculous, why should anything be banned? Don't you trust the audience's intelligence? One needs to watch the film to get the message, no? See, we are all adults and we should be given the choice to judge the content of a film. Homosexuality is very natural, what's so different about it?" said the actress, to NDTV.
However, rather than focusing on the fact that a film that portrays homosexuality was banned from being screened in India, the issue that takes precedence over this and makes news is that the nude pictures of an actor from the film are now available online.
Hang in there, Preeti Gupta.