Actor-singer Sushant Divgikar recently returned from a soul-enriching trip to Vaishnodevi, where she found gratitude for the opportunities that have unfolded in her life. Gracing the screen in her Hindi movie debut, “Thank You for Coming,” Sushant not only showcased her acting skills but also lent her melodious voice to the song “Pari Hoon Main,” a personal favorite. The response to the song has deeply touched her, and she reflects on her journey, advocating for transgender roles portrayed by individuals from the community.
Expressing contentment with the portrayal of transgenders in “Thank You for Coming,” Sushant emphasizes the positive shift in society’s perception, acknowledging the evolving acceptance and alignment of roles with their intended portrayal. She sees it as a significant step towards authenticity and inclusivity in storytelling.
In the conversation, Sushant delves into her dissatisfaction with what she perceives as “token representation” in mainstream media to cater to certain mandates for international investors. She critiques the approach as “bullshit, packed in a nice parcel.”
Addressing the issue of cisgender actors playing transgender characters, Sushant expresses her concern, specifically referencing Sushmita Sen’s recent web series, “Taali.” While not explicitly naming Sen, she advises actors to “stay in your lane,” emphasizing the importance of authenticity in storytelling.
Sushant’s commitment to representing the transgender community is evident in her selective approach to roles, rejecting projects that compromise her principles. She discloses instances of rejecting films and awards that categorized her solely as an “LGBT artist,” emphasizing the need to avoid boxing individuals based on their identity.
Despite being a participant in Bigg Boss Season 8, Sushant recently declined offers to join the second season of Bigg Boss OTT. Citing a lack of patience for the show’s dynamics, she reflects on the challenges of meeting expectations and acknowledges her decision to turn down multiple offers for the reality show.
As Sushant navigates her career with purpose and conviction, her recent spiritual journey and reflections on representation underscore her commitment to breaking stereotypes and fostering genuine inclusivity in the entertainment industry.