Sushmita Sen is currently garnering praises for her latest web series Taali, which is directed by Ravi Jadhav. The show is the biopic on the transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant whose character Sushmita is playing in the show.
Sushmita Sen on being offered Taali, “It was a big shock that they brought me this and it wasn’t just a script”
During a conversation with Film Companion, the actress revealed what all went through behind her playing this character and it started from the time she was offered the script of Taali. “It was a big shock that they brought me this and it wasn’t just a script. It was the life of a very inspiring person. From my memory alone, I had no example to follow like a woman playing a transgender, so I could at least look at what that would be like and will I be able to deliver this. Gauri was that last episode before I said yes. It was the script mostly and trying to see if I can visualise myself into this,” she said.
Sushmita got immense help from Atul Mongia, one of the writers of the show. “Then requesting help from Mr Atul Mongia, who came to explore with me, trying to see if I could pull it. While we were exploring it, we realised it means honesty. I was so bothered about mannerisms, being a man, having this voice, and none of that mattered. He said, ‘Give me all of your stress of playing this character but also of playing a man, playing a transgender’,” added the actress.
Sharing more about her preparations with Atul Mongia, Sushmita added, “My biggest worry was you have the story of Gauri Sawant, which will be told and it’s a huge onus. Atul was like you’re a woman but are you in touch with your masculine side? Yes, and in what way? In terms of authority, being a provider along with being a nurturer and many things that I spelt out and he said perfect. We then had a conversation which was masculine with its ideology.”
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