Adah degenders to play a woman trapped in a man & a; rsquo; s body

Life Goes Around In Circles, They Say, And That Seems To Be The Case Adah Sharma . She Started Her Acting Career By Playing A Damsel Possessed By The Ghost Of A Dead Man In The Horror Game Of Vikram Bhatt, 1920 In 2008. Now Adah Is Ready To Play A" Man" On The Big Screen. No Joke! From The Appearance, The Kshanam The Star Male Avatar Will Be The Greatest Attraction Of The Future Bollywood Romantic Comedy, Man To Man. And The Actress Is Overjoyed." I'm Lucky I Got The Opportunity To Portray A Role Like This. It's Something No Other Actress Has Hitherto Done In Regular Indian Cinema" . Excerpts From An Exclusive Chat With Hyderabad Times.

It Takes Courage For An Actress To Play A Man On The Screen. What Was Your First Response When You Heard About The Role?

Director Abir Sengupta Did Not Tell Me In Advance That I Will Play A Man. When He Met Me To Tell The Story, In The First Instance It Seemed A Bit Like A Typical 'boy Meets Girl And Falls In Love'. But Halfway Through The Story, He Revealed That The Girl Is Actually A Guy! I Was Totally Overwhelmed And Thought:" Whaaaa? Really!' Naveen Kasturia Plays The Hero Who Falls In Love With My Character, Who Reciprocates His Feeling After The Initial Wooing. But What Happens When He Learns That His Girl Is

Infact A Guy, What Is The Film Is All About. I Feel Very Proud And Happy That Abir Chose Me For This Role That Will Represent The LGBTQI + Community In A Positive Light.

How Does Your Character Look Like?

I Play A Girl Who Is Born A Man. From The Outside, My Character Looks Like A Girl In Every Sense - Wears Dresses, Shorts And Looks Like A Pretty Girl Any Guy Will Fall In Love With. But In Reality, She Is A Man, Who Feels Like A Woman From Within. I Was Blown Away By Sensitivity With Which The Character Was Written. Portraying The Character Has Really Pushed My Acting Skills. It's A Role That Will Surprise, Entertain And Educate The Audience In Equal Measure. I'm Really Proud Of It.

The Story Of A Transwoman Falling In Love With A Man Seems To Be A First-of-His-Kind Romantic Comedy. Tell Us More About It?

Well, More Than A Love Story, It's A Film That Seeks To Normalize Gender Identities That Are Termed Queer. It Tells The World To Accept People For Who They Are. It Also Tells People That It's Okay To Be Comfortable In Your Skin, If You Don't Fit Into The Conventional Gender Roles That Prescribe How We Should Be Rather Than Recognizing How We Are Or How We Feel. As They Say, The Soul Really Has No Gender, Does It? Whether You Are Born Male Or Female, You Should Be Allowed To Be What You Identify Yourself As. The Film Also Shows How People From The LBGTQI + Community Are Bullied By Their Family, Friends And Society At Large. Having Said That, We Are Not Trying To Be Preachy Or Anything. Like I Said It's A Romantic Comedy, But The Humor Will Be Sensitive And Not Derogatory. The Makers Are Planning To Dub The Film In Multiple Languages, Including Telugu. It Is A Universal Film That Will Resonate With Everyone, Cutting Across Barriers Or Gender And Language.

What Kind Of Preparation Did You Undergo To Get Into The Skin Of Your Character?

A Lot Of Homework Went Into Acquainting Myself With The State Of Mind, Psychology And The Struggles That Trans People Undergo. After All, The Way We All - Man, Woman, Whatever - Behave, Talk, Express Is A Reflection Of What We Feel About Ourselves Inside. I Wanted My Portrayal To Be Authentic And Natural As

Possible. My Director Abir's Inputs Were Great Help Too, As He Knew Exactly What He Wanted Me To Do.

You Also Have A Telugu Kalki Film In Progress Alongside Another Hindi Film ...

Yes, In Fact, We've Finished Shooting For Kalki. It's An Authentic Investigative Thriller Set In The 80s. I Play An Independent Girl And My Retro Look In The Film Has Got A Great Response. So You'll See Me Mostly In Cotton Saris With Polka Dots And Floral Prints In Different Shades. I'm Very Kicked About This Film As Well. Then, There Is Command 3 As Well In The Pipeline. The Audience Will See Me In An Action Packed Avatar In The Movie. I Am Smooth That I Am Getting To Portray Various Roles And The Year Ahead Looks Really Great.