There are Heroes, Heroines and then there are BOTH! Yes, we are talking about Transgenders or the Third Gender. Usually, the World across this Gender is accepted normally, but in India, the story is different.
Usually only used for a Funny role or an object of mockery, Indian films have come a long way to portraying them true to their character. Be it Hindi, Marathi, Tamil movies or even Small screen TV Series, Transgenders are now portrayed in a humane way and give us much to think about.
So Let’s look at 5 such productions wherein Indian Actors portrayed Transgenders correctly:
1. Atul Kulkarni in a Natrang (2011) – Marathi Film
Atul Kulkarni plays a farmer-turned-tamasha actor, who is willing to don the Transgender role for his theatre role. Despite the opposition, from his family and friends, he goes all out to play out this emotional character who is then caught up between 2 genders.
2. Paresh Rawal in Tamanna (1997) – Hindi Film
Based on a real-life character, Paresh Rawal plays a critically acclaimed role of a Transgender and the twist is that he is the child of yesteryear Bollywood actress who abandons him.
3. Nirmal Pandey for Daayra (1996) – Hindi Film
Directed by Amol Palekar, Actor Nirmal Pandey plays a transvestite who comes in contact with a rape victim. This is a path-breaking story, and personifies human relationships that go beyond just identities or gender. He also won the National Award for ‘Best Actress’, not Actor, which is very unique.
4. Sacred Games (2018) – Hindi/English TV series
Netflix’s first Indian original Web series was Sacred Games, and is a popular show. Kubbra Sait, who plays Kukoo, Ganesh Gaitonde’s love interest is shown as a Transvestite. Starting off as a gangster’s muse, Kukoo falls in love with criminal Ganesh Gaitonde played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and confesses the truth about her gender to him.
5. Akshay kumar in upcoming Laxmi Bomb (Upcoming in 2019) – Hindi Film
Akshay Kumar released the first look of his upcoming movie and everyone is already blown away. He posted to Instagram stating ”Navratri is about bowing to the inner goddess and celebrating your limitless strength. On this auspicious occasion, I am sharing with you my look as Laxmmi. A character I am both excited and nervous about… but then life begins at the end of our comfort zone… isn’t it? #LaxmmiBomb”.
So that’s the list of few must watch movies, old and new, that will really get you thinking about Gender Bias and Beyond!