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Meet 6-Pack Band: India’s First Transgender Music Group

The band and the Y- film won the Webby Award, which is the highest internet award for Public Service and Activism Category

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  • India’s first transgender band, the 6-pack band won the Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion award at Cannes film festival
  • The band and Y- film won the Webby Award, which is the highest internet award for Public Service and Activism Category
  • The band will hum the song ‘Raula Paye Gaya’ alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Earlier, being a transgender is a taboo, but now that has changed. Although that thinking exists even in nowadays, but transgenders have started their journey towards success. Recently, India’s first transgender band, the 6-pack band won the Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion award at Cannes film festival.

“Since the time we’ve come together, this project has been nothing less than a dream,” said Komal Jagtap, one of the six band members to the Hindustan Times.

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Band members with Ashish Patil of Y-Films (fourth from left) and Shameer Tandon, curator. Image source: Photo: Aalok Soni/HT
Band members with Ashish Patil of Y-Films (fourth from left) and Shameer Tandon, curator. Image source: Photo: Aalok Soni/HT

This award is given to the work that tends to shift the focus of the society and highlight the impacts of injustice, gender inequality and imbalance. 30 bands participated in Cannes festival, including 4 bands from India, but the 6-pack band won the title for showing the hidden talent present in the transgender communities.

The band and the Y- film won the Webby Award, which is the highest internet award for Public Service and Activism Category.

Hum Hain Happy by 6-pack band. Image Source: YouTube
‘Hum Hain Happy’ poster by 6-pack band. Image Source: YouTube

This was the second highest award given to the 6-pack band for raising their voice against the discriminations and prejudices regarding the transgender community. The band was launched by Y-films and won the award in collaboration with Brooke Bond, Red Label and Mindshare Mumbai. The campaign was named as ‘Hum Hain Happy’ which was a cover for Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’. This single title track had gained more than 1.4 million views on YouTube after 6 weeks of its release.

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Hrithik Roshan with 6- Pack band. Image Source: YouTube

This band has also released 5 music videos on Y-films official YouTube channel that features famous actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Kapoor. One of the videos also features the famous singer Sonu Nigam and Zanai Bhosle (grand-daughter of Asha Bhosle).

After winning the award, the group is ready for the Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Sultan’.  Shammer Tondon composed the track ‘Raula Paye Gaya’ and the band will be seen humming the song alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • AJ Krish

    The transgender community are now slowly gaining support for their fight against discrimination. They are climbing to new heights by showcasing their talents, telling eevryone that they too are part of the society.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    It is really good to know that the transgender community is gaining popularity are people are understanding them. This is a great achievement for them

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  • AJ Krish

    The transgender community are now slowly gaining support for their fight against discrimination. They are climbing to new heights by showcasing their talents, telling eevryone that they too are part of the society.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    It is really good to know that the transgender community is gaining popularity are people are understanding them. This is a great achievement for them

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ Could Have Been Paramount in Portraying a Transgender Woman’s Struggle

"A Fantastic Woman" fails to carry us along in its protagonist's tough journey from bereavement to isolation to confrontation to settlement. Marina can't wait to get out of it.

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'A fantastic Women' seems stretched out. Flickr

Film: “A Fantastic Woman” (Spanish, with English Subtitles, based on a transgender woman); Director: Sebastian Lelio; Starring: Daniela Vega; Rating: 1/2 (2 and a half stars)

“A Fantastic Woman” could have been penetrating portrait of a transgender woman’s struggle for dignity after her middle-aged lover suddenly dies on her.

Marina (played with consummate sensitivity by Daniela Vega) never quite recovers from the traumatic shock. Neither does the film. It quickly goes downhill from the point of tragedy, building what looks like a shell-shocked narrative in-sync with the stupor that falls over Daniela’s soul after Orlando (Francisco Reyes) passes away.

The ensuing trauma of a ‘woman’ who is unacceptable to society for her gender and status in the life of the man she loved, is brought out like a dentist extracting rotten teeth. It is a graceless situation.And director Sebastian Lelio goes with the frown, rendering every crease in Daniela’s disheveled existence in shades of black and fright.

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Spanish makes the dialogue-heavy sequences, makes it seem unnecessarily stretched-out and verbose. Flickr

Daniela’s dilemma is so in-your-face, it hardly needed to be affirmed so strongly by the narrative. Her humiliation is shown in scenes in the hospital and at the police station. And we know what happens to the mistress specially when she is gender-challenged. But Marina’s behaviour post the tragedy eschews empathy. She frets, fumes, snarls and at one point even jumps on to the car of her deceased lover’s family to bounce up and down.

By this point the edgy narrative begins to look uneasily unfocused.

Perhaps Marina’s unconventional methods of protest are a cultural things. Maybe in Chile, the conventions of bereavement are played out at a pitch that seems fairly bizarre to us. Also, the fact that the film is in Spanish makes the dialogue-heavy sequences, such as the one where Marina is confronted by Orlando’s wife in a car basement, seems unnecessarily stretched-out and verbose.

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“A Fantastic Woman” fails to carry us along in its protagonist’s tough journey from bereavement to isolation to confrontation to settlement. Marina can’t wait to get out of it.

Neither can we. (IANS)