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Seema Biswas to play a transgender

Posted By: Kalyani Prasad Keshri
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The very talented actress Seema Biswas, who perfectly portrayed Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen, will be the first Indian actress to play a transsexual role in Indian cinema. She will feature in the role of a transgender in Queen! Dance of Destiny.

The character in the film is inspired by Manvendra Singh Gohil from the royal family of Rajpipla. Director David Atkin speaks about the character to Mumbai Mirror, “Manvendra Singh Gohil is a strong name in the industry. While I was writing the character, he was the only one I could relate to Seema Biswas"s role. Seemaji is a brilliant actress and I had complete faith that she would do justice to the role."

Seema Biswas who is all set to shoot for Deepa Mehta's film says that it was tough to play a transgender in Queen! Dance of Destiny. She said, “Though I agreed to play the role, it was not easy. I had to sit through two hours of make-up just to look like a transsexual."

Seema reveals her character saying, “I play the role of Guru amma, who is like the head of a group of transsexuals. The character is very similar to that of Manvendra Singh, who had to go through a lot in life since he was not like the rest of his family."

The film also stars transsexual Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who made an appearance on Salman Khan"s TV show Dus Ka Dum.

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