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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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Shabana Azmi Slams Makers of Modi’s Biopic

Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi essays Modi in the biopic, which is scheduled to release on April 5

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Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi.

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi feels makers of “PM Narendra Modi” biopic intentionally added her husband and veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar’s name to the film’s credits list.

“It is quite clear this was done with deliberate intentions to mislead public into believing that Javed Akhtar has written the songs for ‘PM Narendra Modi’ when the song ‘Ishwar allah tere jahan mein’ is from Deepa Mehta’s film ‘1947 Earth’,” she tweeted.

Earlier this week, Akhtar also took to Twitter to express shock to see his name in the credits of the film’s trailer. His name was mentioned among several other artistes in the lyrics category.

Akhtar said he had not written any songs for the film.

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi were also felicitated at the event. Wikimedia

Soon after Akhtar’s tweet went viral and created a buzz, Sandeep Ssingh, one of the producers of the film, cleared the air about giving credits to the lyricists.

“T-Series being the official music partner of our film…we have taken the song ‘Ishwar Allah’ from the film ‘1947: Earth’ and the song ‘Suno gaur se duniya walon’ from the film ‘Dus’, thus we have given the due credits to respective lyricists Javed Sahab and Sameerji,” Ssingh, also the creative director and story writer of the film, said in a statement.

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Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi essays Modi in the biopic, which is scheduled to release on April 5. (IANS)