In Bollywood, proclaimed to be one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world, the portrayal of the LGBT community has been as shallow as it could have got, at least a few years before. However, things are definitely beginning to change with mainstream actors showing no apprehension to play roles from the marginalised community. Fawad Khan in Kapoor and Sons, Sonam Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Aravind Swamy in Dear Dad have managed to stand out of the pack.
The latest addition to this list is critically acclaimed actress Konkona Sen Sharma who’s essayed the role of a trans-girl in Eros Now’s short film A Monsoon Date. The film poignantly and sensitively explains the essence of living the life of a transgender in modern-day society, thanks to a measured portrayal of the role by the actress that makes us empathise for her.
The writing is so understated and impactful because the characters don’t even talk about gender and yet the intended message reaches crowds. The minds behind Qarib Qarib Single, Tanuja Chandra and Gazal Dhaliwal, have come forward with the film that has created a lot of discussions across social media and celeb fraternity alike. Konkana has been choosy with her roles from the start and she’s once again proved why she stands apart from the rest with her script selection.