Meet Kolkata’s first transwoman actor who is set for Bollywood debut

Shree Ghatak Muhury underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2015 to become a trans woman and now is all set for her Bollywood debut.

Transwoman Shree Ghatak Muhury cast in Bollywood film Season's Greetings
By: IANS
Updated: 27 Mar 2019 08:22 AM
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Shree Ghatak Muhury, a transgender, has been cast in "Season's Greetings"
  • She shares screen time with Lillette Dubey and Celina Jaitly in the film
  • Muhury underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2015
Shree Ghatak Muhury, a transgender, has been cast in director Ram Kamal Mukherjee's film "Season's Greetings".

It was producer Aritra Das who had introduced Shree to the director, and then she was auditioned for the role of Chapala.


"It was difficult to cast a male actor or a female actor to play the role of a transgender in the film. Most actors have certain inhabitation in portraying the role that's not gender specific," Mukherjee said in a statement.

Shree Ghatak Muhury(right) with director Ram Kamal Mukherjee

"I wanted someone who would believe in the character, and perform with great poise, aesthetic sense and justify it," he added.






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Make a new path, with every stone that was thrown towards you. A path that no one had trodden before, a path that you own! - #myquote Thank you @royupala and @middayindia for the support. Thank you #ShreeGhatak for being my Chapala in #SeasonsGreetings. Thank you @imaritrads for introducing me to a whole new world of talent from transgender community. Thank you @celinajaitlyofficial for being the pillar behind all of us, and fighting for the cause since last two decades. It's my humble tribute to one of my favourite filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, hope he will not be disappointed. Need your love and blessings... PS: Thanks to all those 'actors' who had turned down this role. For them, I managed to discover Shree! @singer.kshailendra @amppvtltd @mukherjeesarbani 💙😎👍


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On her character in the film, Shree said: "Working with Ram Kamal was a learning experience as he knew exactly what he wanted from me. He was very sure about my make-up, hair and costume. He wanted a particular look that would look real on-screen.

"Mostly we have seen caricatures in the name of transgender characters in mainstream Bollywood movies. I was apprehensive before accepting the role, thinking that this must be a repetition of the same Bollywood trend. But when I heard the story, I had goosebumps and tears rolled down. I immediately agreed to be a part of this film."

Shree, who underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2015 to become a transwoman, shares screen time with Lillette Dubey and Celina Jaitly in the film.

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