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Transgender character in English drama “Sonata” to enhance visibility of the marginalised, says Actress-filmmaker Aparna Sen

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Kolkata, April 9, 2017: Actress-filmmaker Aparna Sen who helms and stars in the forthcoming film “Sonata” said she included a transgender character in the English drama to enhance visibility of the marginalised.

“I felt, apart from friendship, the film was exploring many aspects of the ‘feminine’. I wanted to broaden that spectrum, include a person from a different economic strata and include a transgender female because transgenders are becoming a reality,” she said here at a discussion on ‘Text in Context’.

“Sonata” is an adaption of the eponymous play by playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar. It will hit the screens on April 21.

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The English drama is a psychological exploration of three unmarried women facing a mid-life crisis. It stars Lilette Dubey, Sen and Shabana Azmi.

Sen said the marginalised sections of society are “completely invisible”.

“There was a time when I started including a challenged person in almost all my films because of only one reason… because we have made them completely invisible and people have had no exposure to them. So I don’t want to make them invisible. Let there be this transgender girl who is a friend of ours. So that’s the reason I included a transgender character,” she added. (IANS)

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Training in Film Production a Must, Says Shabana Azmi

The actress spoke on the importance of film production while interacting with the media when she hosted a painting competition to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of renowned poet and her father Kaifi Azmi on Saturday.

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Shabana Azmi on importance of film production training

Veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi feels that Indian film institutes must teach film production to their students.

Asked if Indian film institutes don’t put emphasis on film production as compared to acting and direction, she said: “It is absolutely right thing. I always say this thing because out of our country, there are lots of institutions where production is taught.

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Shabana on need of institutions training students in film production

“In India, for production, you just need to have money and it doesn’t require any kind of experience. I feel film institute’s should understand this thing that production also needs training.”

The actress spoke on the importance of film production while interacting with the media when she hosted a painting competition to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of renowned poet and her father Kaifi Azmi on Saturday here.

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She added that government subsidised film institutions must include training of film production in their courses.

“I think government subsidised institutions like Film Television Institute of India (FTII) or Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute must incorporate production training in their course.” (Bollywood Country)