Sushant Divgikr: I want to act in movies; I see myself as a triple threat!


Sushant Divgikr has always been vocal about representation of transgender in our movies.
Popularly known as Rani KoHEnur, the mainstream drag icon says that while cinema and the audience have evolved with films like Badhaai Do coming up and winning applauds, there is a lot to achieve in that direction.
“I know that times have changed in last few years and people have been more accepting. Now it’s time we look at developing the space all the more. It is important that there is more awareness and misrepresentations can be avoided in cinema.
Can you imagine a leading Bollywood hero playing PT Usha (track and field athlete) on screen? Then how could we imagine a cis man playing the role of a transgender on screen? Now you know the difference? A cis man should not play a transgender on screen. Casting directors should research and give opportunities to transgender to pull off these characters. If they don’t know where to find transgenders, then they better come to me, I will introduce them to so many of them. If you can’t find them, that means you haven’t looked enough,” opines Sushant, who was thrilled with the love he won right after his show at a club in Mumbai last week.
Ask Sushant that as a transgender if he sees himself pulling off an interesting role on screen and he says, “Of course! I see myself as a triple threat… who looks fantastic, sings and dances well and acts well too? I have been active since the last 16 years. I hope people are looking at me for such roles. My hard work and talent took me places. I have represented my community and my country at international level. I am sure Indian showbiz took notice of me.
If people here don’t know about me then I am sure they are living under a rock. And, if the entertainment industry is purposely ignoring people like me, then it shows their lack of acceptance and attempt at evolving.”
Sushant further adds that the audiences deserve to see authenticity in terms of casting. He signs off saying, “It is okay if you ignore us, but don’t misrepresent us in the name of making money at the box office.
There needs to be some authenticity maintained, right? After all we are in the era where fabulous scripts are being written and shows are being made for OTT. There is scope today, then why not make use of it?”

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