Bollywood stars and theatre personalities join hands to flag off TRANSaction
Keshav Suri has been known to bolster causes relating to Transgender’s society. He has been advocating and raising his voice to support their dreams and empower them for their better future.
In his journey to mainstream the LGBTQIA and with intent to spread awareness about the issue, Keshav Suri teamed up with Faraz Arif Ansari to host an event ‘ TRANSaction’, that remained high on star power. Occasion saw many Bollywood film stars joining in and supporting the Nobel cause, those who lent their support to three day long event included Bollywood’s actress Kalki Koechlin, National award-winning actress Divya Dutta, famous Television and theatre personality Charu Shankar, Bollywood and theatre actor ( Veerey Di Wedding fame ) Ishwak Singh, Theatre actor Gaurab Ghosh, Web series actress and theatre artist Sharmila Sharma, actor and TV celebrity Gaurav Alugh, multifaceted personality Mirvwan Vinayak who is theatre actor and chef and casting directors like Tess Joseph and Kavish Sinha
While talking to High on Persona, Mr. Keshav Suri – Executive Director – The Lalit Suri Hospitality informed, Three daylong events got kick-started today with an acting workshop for the Indian Transgender Community in association with Keshav Suri Foundation and The Lalit Group of Hotels. The event intends to provide the right support and streamline channels for the community to find ways and platform to support their dreams. “We are hosting a three-day workshop at Delhi and Mumbai to create the right opportunity for them to learn the basics of acting, hone their talent, with guidance from the whose-who of the Indian film industry. We plan to take this to other cities of the country as well”, he added.
The idea behind hosting these free acting workshops is simple as it provides interested individuals from the transgender community with the right exposure and insights to understand and develop their acting skills by allowing them to understand and imbibe the basics of acting, helpful interactions with professionals from theatre and cinema, providing them access to other actors, casting directors, filmmakers & supporting them to understand the processes of casting which would help them to take a step closer towards their dreams of finding themselves to be a part of cinema and performing arts.
The TRANSaction is an initiative for the transgender community to learn and hone their acting skills, with the mission to mainstream them. The idea came at the launch of Keshav Suri Foundation, Queering the Pitch, where the lack of opportunities for the transgender community in Bollywood was discussed. KSF promised to deliver an opportunity and thereby presents #TRANSaction with Director Faraz Ansari, to embrace, empower and mainstream the community.
When High on persona approached Director Faraz Ansari about his association with TRANSaction, he revealed, “Transaction was born out a dire need to create a more inclusive world where equal opportunities exist for everyone, especially the marginalized communities that are so often ignored. When I started casting for my first feature film, “Sabr”( Patience) I realized that there is a lack of transgender actors. The lack is because we as a society have never allowed the trans community to flourish and bloom to find ways into the mainstream. And so, I wanted to create a platform that brings wonderful artists from the Indian entertainment industry and the transgender community under one roof so that bridges are built and true inclusion can happen. That’s how TRANSaction was born.
On asking about how he connected with Keshav who is Indian flag bearer of the community for execution of this Nobel plan, he added,” Keshav is a dear friend and someone who has been working relentlessly towards mainstreaming the queer through all the fabulous initiatives and his constant efforts to practice true inclusion and diversity be at the LaLiT group of hotels or by launching the Keshav Suri Foundation. I was at the launch of the foundation where the conversation of the immense need to creating platforms to empower the community happened and with that thought in my mind and Keshav’s support and belief, TRANSaction has been possible, concluded Ansari.