One person’s performance was widely praised in last week’s Disney + Hotstar release Lakshmi There was Sharad Kelkar, who played the role of transgender woman Lakshmi in the film. Still in love a week later, the actor says he had a creative high experience playing the part. “It was a creative opportunity for you to push yourself and see how far you can go as an actor. I saw him when I introduced Kanchan and I was with him when I reached out for him. Was. Part. I knew I had to match Akshay’s part so that there would be no match. “
He says the trip was not easy. When director Raghav Lawrence, who played the character in the original Tamil film Kanchana, guided him, Sharad Kelkar Also took the advice of a friend who portrayed a trans person on television. “In terms of training, a friend of mine was playing the role of a transgender in TV soap. We connected and discussed the challenges. And suffering was needed. I had to understand the mindset of someone who has been around society for a long time. Lack of involvement is a pain in their heart and that’s what I tried to capture. I talked to transgender artists on set to bring the experience alive. . “
While mythology celebrates kinsmen as dualistic – by the power of both men and women – society systematically always underestimates their importance. “It’s important to generalize to transgender heroines in mainstream movies. Unless a mainstream film focuses on it, it won’t become a drawing room discussion,” says Kelker, who agrees that the film is open to mixed reviews, especially By LGBTQIA + inside. Community. The community has divided itself over whether the film really represents them or is an example of tokenism. “There are hundreds of documentaries about the third sex, but nothing to speak to the public. It can only happen when a film [is packaged with] Entertainment and spices. “
The lack of representation of transgender in Lakshmi, which resulted in debate, is another issue. Calker clarified his attitude towards the role, “When hiring, the producers wanted to believe in the actor’s ability. My part was to need a variety of series, including action sequences. So they chose a male actor. The transgender is a trans-woman. “
Also read: Sharad Kelkar: After Lakshmi, I have a lot of respect for transgender people
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