Sheetal Sheth was first seen in the extremely award winning film ABCD – which also aided the Indian-American genre of films. After gaining immense popularity with the film, she went on to become a part of a handful of critically acclaimed movies which the depicted the lives of Indians abroad. More recently she has went out on a real limb and teamed up with Lisa Ray in the lesbian romantic film, I Can’t Think Straight directed by writer turned director Shamim Sarif. After creating mass frenzy amongst the gay and lesbian community all over the world, the film is finally coming to India. However, the team of the film was met by a rigid Indian Censor Board who claimed too many scenes in the film were unacceptable only to cut some of the love scenes between the women. BollySpice talks to the actress about her journey through I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen, yet another lesbian romantic film by the same team and her take on the Indian Censor Board.
You’ve gone from the confused Desi girl in ABCD to a lesbian lover in both I Can’t Think Straight and then The World Unseen and a whole variety of films in between. How has the transformation and journey been?
(Laughs) Well, it’s funny when you put it like that. I don’t think of it like a “confused Desi” or a “lesbian lover,” I don’t think of any of those things when I think of ABCD, The World Unseen or I Can’t Think Straight. I think The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight are completely different movies and roles. But I can tell you that when I choose to do a movie, it’s because I love the script or I love the character or I want to work with people. And so when I read I Can’t Think Straight, I was moved by the love story and I thought it was a beautiful love story. It had nothing to with being a lesbian. To be honest, it didn’t even occur to me which I know may sound na