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Love is still taboo in our culture: Zoya Akhtar

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Filmmaker Akhtar, who is awaiting the release of "Stories", says has been depicted both poorly and beautifully in the films.

After 2013 film "Bombay Talkies" on 100 years of Indian cinema, "Stories" brings together four filmmakers -Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Akhtar and who are making an anthology film for on themes of love and lust.

"One of the main reasons why our audience goes to cinema houses is escapism, fantasy, aspiration and to hope for something they don't have. Love is still a taboo in our culture sadly. We don't have that many love marriages happening, your parents decide who you spend your life with.

"We are not allowed to date. In terms of lust, some people have depicted beautifully and some people are just crass. It has been in our films. People are now being more open," told reporters at the trailer launch of "Lust Stories".

Sharing similar views, believes that lust has been misused.

"One has not shown lust sensitively. Both love and lust and co exist. But many times it has had bad influence on society. And we are responsible bunch of filmmakers. We have used it in right way. Lust cannot always be gauged by negativity, it is a bona-fide "

Karan says his film is about seeking pleasure and it is also about the right of women for pleasure. Dibakar's film is about infidelity.

The film features Radhika Apte, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, and

"When Zoya called me I was jumping from the bed as she has been on my wish list for the longest time. I am always looking for newer characters newer stories, newer emotions to feel, newer boundaries to break and this story did it all. This story talks about so many biases in society that we don't even know if they exists we just look through them," Bhumi said.

Sanjay said he is happy and honoured to be part of the film that is directed by Dibakar.

"When I got a call from Dibakar I felt like I have become a as in the past I have been part of commercial films and this is different kind of a film. This is a big platform as the film is releasing in 190 countries. It is a big honour for me," he said.

The film is set to release on June 15 on

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:40 IST