A community less talked about in lime light
After the success of Aarya, actress Sushmita Sen has began shooting for her next project. The untitled project helmed by Marathi filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, will have Sushmita playing the role of a transgender.
A source close to the production house shared with a news portal that Sushmita Sen’s OTT series is based on the life of popular transgender activist, Gauri Sawant.
For the unversed, Mumbai-based transgender activist Sawant (born Ganesh Sawant) is known for working at the grassroots level for the welfare and betterment of the community and is at the helm of Sakhi Char Chowghi Trust. The NGO helps transgenders and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Also she was one of the petitioners of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) which was filed in 2013, in which the Supreme Court recognized Transgender as the third gender with a final verdict in 2014.
The six-episode show will be narrating Gauri’s varied aspects of life, her journey, challenges, and the hurdles she faced to become India’s first transgender mother.
Sushmita loved the character of Gauri.
A courageous, warm-hearted, strong-willed woman fighting against all odds for the transgender community of India.
The actress shared that she wanted to come above the character of Aarya Sareen – the glamorous, independent woman thrown in to join a mafia gang to avenge her husband’s murder.
Sushmita shared that the web show dropped into her lap at the correct time when she was looking for a project that challenged her as an actor. The industry source concluded that Gauri Sawant’s story is not an ordinary story of a trans- woman; it also beautifully encapsulates the precious mother-daughter relationship between Gauri and her adopted child.
Meanwhile, Sushmita is expected to finish the series by November end, and will then begin shooting for the third season of Ram Madhvani’s Aarya. The actress is also in talks for a power-packed biopic film, produced by Mansi Bagla of Mini Films and ace photographer Subi Samuel’s Bungalow No. 84.