Screenplay writer Gazal Dhaliwal is a storyteller who had her contributions in remarkable films like Wazir, Lipstick Under My Burkhaand, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, but is often introduced to the world as a transwoman. She says that for as long as she represents the community and continues to be an inspiration to many dreamers, she is okay with the constant emphasis on her gender identity.
When asked if it disturbs her when people highlight her sexuality before her work, Gazal Dhaliwal told news agency IANS: "Look the question that you are asking is complex, so the answer cannot be a 'yes' or 'no'. In the professional world, I want to be known for my work rather than my status as a transwoman. My gender cannot be my only identity when I am writing a story because a story has no gender."
"Having said that, I have a substantial reason to be okay with the tag 'transwoman' scriptwriter because I know the importance of the visibility of a transgender," she further added.Gazal Dhaliwal said: "Our community does not have enough representation which is very important. When I was young and left alone, I used to feel suffocated because nobody around me understood what I was going through...searching on the Internet I found two transwomen and they lived in the US."
Taking the point in the context of Indian cinema, Gazal said: "Perhaps that is why it is harder for a male mainstream actor in Bollywood to choose a homosexual character because the moment the audience sees him playing gay, they start questioning his masculinity." She further said: "It is that mindset you know...I am so glad and proud of actor Ayushmann Khurrana for his choice of role in the upcoming film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan."
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