Saturday, July 29, 2023

Taali gives a sneak peek of transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant’s courageous quest of struggles, resilience and triumph

After her successful stint on the web in Aarya, Sushmita Sen is now playing a never-seen-before avatar of a transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant in a JioCinema Original “Taali” that premieres on August 15. Giving a sneak peek of her courageous quest of struggles, resilience and triumph, Sushmita Sen aroused the interest of her fans and film-enthusiasts' with release of the teaser of ‘Taali’.

Wearing a sari and adjusting her big Bindi at the start of the teaser as she looks at herself in the mirror, Sushmita Sen revealed the teaser of the movie on her Instagram profile. The teaser begins with Sushmita's voice over where she introduces herself as Shreegauri Sawant, while adjusting her saree in front of a mirror. She says in the teaser that some people call her Hijda, some social activist and some nautanki.

Ravi Jadhav who made his directorial debut with the Marathi musical Natrang, which won the National Award for the Best Feature Film in Marathi, will be directing this series  created by Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D Nishandar. Produced by Arjun Singgh Baran, Kartk D Nishandar and Afeefa Nadiadwala, Taali will shed light on transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant’s relentless pursuit for the recognition of the third gender in India.

Sharing the teaser, Sushmita Sen captioned it, “Gaali se Taali tak ke safar ki yeh kahaani. Presenting the story of Shreegauri Sawant's fight for India's third gender. #TaaliOnJioCinema streaming free 15 Aug.”  Sushmita then summed up her journey in the movie with these words, “Gaali se taali tak (From cuss words to clapping).” The teaser that promises that the film will have powerful dialogues, also delves into many facets of Sawant from her early days to the present time. One such is when Sushmita aka Shreegauri Sawant says, "Swabhiman, samman, swatantrata, mujhe ye teeno chahiye (Self-respect, respect and independence - I need these three things)." The teaser ends with a punchline and Sushmita enacted it with grace. When a character says to Shreegauri Sawant, "Ready to go, Gauri?", Gauri gives a prompt reply, "Bachpan se (From childhood days)."

“Taali” marks a historic moment in Indian cinema, breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes as it brings to life the inspiring story of Gauri Sawant, a courageous transgender woman who fearlessly pursued her dreams and embraced her true identity. Born as Ganesh in a modest family in Bhavanipeth, Pune, in 1989, Gauri Sawant's journey was far from easy. From a young age, she bravely confronted her gender identity, identifying more closely with women. But she had to face the harsh realities of a society steeped in prejudice and misunderstanding. Faced with discrimination and ridicule, Gauri persevered with an unwavering spirit, determined to be true to herself. Her journey was one of self-discovery and courage, breaking free from societal norms and embracing her authentic self.

Shreegauri Sawant left her home in her teens in order to avoid disappointing her dad, a police officer. She later founded the Sakhi Char Chowghi Trust (NGO) in 2000 that provides counselling to the transgender community and promotes safe sex. Due to her persistent efforts of her community being recognised as the third gender, the Supreme Court recognised transgender as the third gender. She was also the first transgender activist to file a petition in the Supreme Court for adoptions rights of transgender people.

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If you have not yet watched its captivating trailer, watch it here…

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