Gauri Sawant Opens Up On Sushmita Sen’s Role Taali, ‘Why Should Be Restricted To Just The Transgender Roles’

Sushmita Sen plays a transgender in her upcoming film Taali which stirred a lot of questions about not considering a transgender for the lead role

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Gauri Sawant Opens Up On Sushmita Sen’s Role Taali, ‘Why Should Be Restricted To Just The Transgender Roles’
Sushmita Sen surprised everyone by sharing the first look of her upcoming film ‘Taali’ based on the life of transgender activist Gauri Sawant. Since then there has been lot of buzz over the internet about Miss Universe playing a transgender in the film and why someone from the community was not considered to play the lead role. Recently, in an interview, Gauri Sawant clarified these questions and said that it is a mark of respect that a female actor is playing the role.

While speaking to Hindustan Times, Gauri said, “First, I want to make it clear that there are many transgender actors who will be seen in the project, who were picked after a thorough audition process. I am also attached to the project, not as an actor, but in some way. So, it is not just that Sushmita is the only one acting in the project.”




She continued, “Most of us from the community wanted to be women, and that is the reason we decided to wear a saree. Now, it is a mark of respect for us that a female actor is playing the role, instead of a male actor, which we have seen happening in the past”.

Sawant further added, “One should think about how challenging the role will be for a woman with such stature. Because the role comes with a lot of taboo with which we live with. She has shown courage to take it up. And she was my first choice.”

The transgender activist also said they want to play different roles and they should be considered for other roles as well. Recently she played a role of a mother in advertisements and people accepted that. She also talked about her desire to play the role of Sushma Swaraj if her biopic is ever made. Sawant asserted, “Why should be restricted to just the transgender roles?”

She further shared “My guru, who is 73-year-old, ne khudh bola ke jab Sadashiv Amrapurkar ne role kiya Sadak mein, thodha acha laga, but kabhi nahi socha tha ke ek aurat bhi yeh role karegi.” 

She praised Sen and revealed that the actress rigorously worked with her to get the character right. Sawant also said that seeing a woman playing transgender on screen is a victory for the community.




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