Ranveer Singh, known for his outlandish fashion sense, has worn a skirt more than once in public.
Now it’s the more conservative dresser Varun Dhawan’s turn to don a skirt for a magazine cover.
2020 is going to be the year when Bollywood heroes are likely to explore the female side of their personality. Akshay Kumar plays a transgender in his Diwali bombshell Laaxmi Bomb while Rajkummar Rao gets into a cross-dressing act in Anurag Basu’s Ludo . Far from being ridiculed Rao is being compared to Alia Bhatt on Twitter.
20-year old Bengali actor Ridhi Sen who won a National award in 2018 for playing a transgender in the Bengali film Nagarkirtan feels it’s time actors explored both the masculine and feminine side to their personality, “An actor should not be inhibited by the gender of his character. Rather he should welcome the opportunity to go into areas that are unknown to him.”
Riddhi says he played the transgender in Nagarkirtan as a woman rather than an unfinished woman. “I studied the mannerisms and graces of my mother , who is my greatest influence, and my girlfriend.I imbibed their personality and made sure I didn’t mimic them.I never thought of the impact that the character would make or that I’d win a National award for it. One doesn’t do a role after assessing its influence. One does it because it’s there waiting to be brought alive.”
There was a family friend, the late and much missed filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh who also went through a struggle similar to the character in Nagarkirtan. Riddhi says Ritu was an influence. “Our family was very close to him. I did observe him. But like I said, I played my character as a woman, not as man struggling to be a woman. The film and the character are very relevant because of what is happening in the character,” says Ridhi referring to the Article 377.