Bollywood’s Shehnshah, Amitabh Bachchan, is set to play a transgender person in his next movie.
Word is the superstar is in talks to essay the role of a transgender person in the Kanchana remake. If Amitabh Bachchan is roped in for the role he will play a transgender person out to seek revenge.
Amitabh Bachchan has a knack for playing challenging and unique roles like in Paa. His recent performance in Badla was notable as well.
This is the first time any mainstream Bollywood actor is taking on the role of a transgender person. Normally trans-people are used as props or villains in Bollywood movies.
About Laaxmi Bomb
Indian actor-director Raghava Lawrence is set to direct Laaxmi Bomb, a remake of his own directorial, Kanchana aka Muni 2.
Laaxmi Bomb cast includes Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani. The Indian Express reports that Lawrence has already begun shooting with these two actors in a resort in Mumbai.
Film-maker Raghava Lawrence is known for his Kanchana franchise.
Lawrence is currently working on Kanchana 4 aka Muni 5. This will be the fifth installment in his Kachana franchise.
He is also working on a 3D thriller film about snakes titled Kaala Bhairava.
Bollywood and Trans-people
Bollywood has always used trans-people as villains or comical props in movies. To add to that, its’ mostly cis-gendered men that essay these roles onscreen.
Common examples are Ashutosh Rana’s characterization of Lajja Shankar Pandey in the movie Sangharsh (1999). Lajja Shankar Pandey was a transwoman, and a Kali worshipper (Bollywood’s idea of ‘devil worship’). She abducted little children, sacrificed and cannibalized them at said Satan-adjacent Kali’s altar.
In Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak (1991) Sadashiv Amrapurkar played Maharani was a transwoman that would extort and traffic women.
And the list of trans-villains goes on till Murder 2 (2011).
On the other hand, Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana franchise has been portraying trans-people in a positive light. That’s why his 2011 film Kanchana won three Vijay awards.
The interesting fact is that the Kanchana franchise is from the Tamil film industry.