An over-generalized belief can be referred to as a stereotype. It may be about a particular category of people. In India, stereotypes hold a very prominent place and most of the people have some or other kind of stereotypes which can sometimes prove to be harmful as they aren’t always accurate. That is why this topic has the worth to be one of the best topics for documentary film shooting in India for International film makers. Documentary film maker in India can help you find such topics and arrange everything for you in India.
In India, they are referred to as ‘Hijras’. India has a very long history of having stereotypical view for a group of people commonly known as transgenders. Transgenders have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their sex assigned at birth. The laws in India as per The Supreme Court orders have declared transgender as a third gender in India since 2014 under section 377 of the Indian Constitution. Still transgenders have to face a lot of difficulties due to the prevailing discrimination levels. There is a common umbrella under which these people are kept. These are known as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer).
Amidst all these there are some exceptionally beautiful stories of people who came over and above such ignorance and rejection faced by them from the society and people around them and proved that human rights are essential for all. They broke all such stereotypes and proved that unity in diversity is still prevalent in India.
Let’s start with The Miss Transqueen Pageant that took place in India in 2017 for the first time. A transgendered lady- Nitasha Biswas bagged away the first position. She is a student of Business Management and hails from Kolkata.
The field of Beauty has broadly accepted to include the third gender in their initiatives. She is 26 years-old and she always wanted to change the prevailing gender dysphoria that she was facing but first resorted to complete her basic education and then ultimately won the title and is contesting for Miss Transqueen Internationals too.
K Prithika Yashini
The next field that shackled such stereotypes is Police Services. K Prithika Yashini left a mark on the world when she turned into the first transgender individual in Quite a while to expect the post of a sub-controller in Tamil Nadu state police.
It was directly in the wake of finishing her college degree that Prithika, who was conceived Pradeep, experienced a sex change medical procedure and chose to seek after her fantasy about turning into a cop.
Then comes the most heard communication channel- Radio. Mangaluru’s Community Radio Sarang 107.8 is the first in the coastal Karnataka to have a transgender Radio Jockey.
Hailing from Mandya in Maharashtra, 27-year-old Kajal began her spell as a RJ at the radio channel on November 21, 2017.
Mona Varonica Campbell
Next story is of Mona Varonica Campbell who is among the top three most successful transwomen in the world. She is a plus size model and India has only one of her kind.
She has been the show stopper for the Lakme Fashion Week. She believes that communication is enough to change perspectives, so one should talk. She too faced a lot of rejections but still came out to be NIFT graduate and a PhD.
And the last one is about Gauri Sawant and her popular tear-jerking Vicks ad that went viral on the Internet.
The TV Commercial was based on the impactful and hard-hitting real-life story of a trans woman. The ad shows how the woman is upbringing her daughter. Gauri was casted in a role of a mother in the Video commercial. The ad was produced in partnership with crowd funding website named Milaap for raising money to build home for children of sex-workers.
This can be seen as a journey from ignorance to acceptance where almost every field in India has now a transgender as the third gender, proudly showing their capabilities.
Author: Simran Grover
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