The official trailer of the much talked about Sonam-Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao stares, I Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, is outside! And it would be fair to say that it breaks the internet.
Launched yesterday, it has already received over six million views!
But before you think this is about the numbers, let's tell you what makes this upcoming movie so relevant in today's scenario!
ONE coming of age film, tells the story of Sweety (Sonam Kapoor). As a child Sweety dreams of marrying the love of her life. Growing up, her life turns out to be quite different for her. While her family finds three suitors noor (apple) of their eyes, it is a secret that prevents her from accepting any of them. A secret she thinks will ruin her family and turn her parents into her.
Rajkummar, who plays a playwright and director, tells the story through a game that has the same title as the movie. It shows that two women are being torn apart by a mob, and it doesn't hint that Sweety has actually fallen in love with a girl. The follower ends with the tagline-year's most unexpected love story #LetLoveBe.
See it here:
What makes the movie even more special is that it is written by the screenwriter Gazal Dhaliwal, a transwoman himself!
This is a small attempt to highlight its inspirational story.
Known for contributing to script and dialogue writing in renowned films such as Wazir, lipstick during my Burkha and Agli Baar, Gazal originally started his career as a software engineer at Infosys after college. Within two years, she moved to Mumbai to pursue the dream of writing for Bollywood.
But Gazal was not always known as Gazal.
Up to 25 she fought an internal struggle against gender dysphoria. Recall her journey on Satyameva Jayate, she says,
"I was born in the wrong body. I never felt like a boy. Even the smaller things I liked were feminine. My friends were girls, I loved playing dollhouses with them. When my mother was not home, I would wear her dupatta. All this began as young as five. I remember, once my mother was not home, and I was dressed in my clothes, my aunt saw it. Finding my behavior extremely strange hit me hard, says Gazal.
As she grew up, she found it difficult to share her struggle with anyone, including her parents. She was often bullied at school because of her feminine qualities.
"They would call me a slumber like that Chakkar (Eunuchs). I knew I had to control my feminine qualities, because if I expressed them, people would make fun. For a very large part of my life, I had stayed suppressing my identity. I felt limited and caged in my own body. The gender that my body had was not near my sex with which my soul was identified. "
She spoke for the first time to her father about the age of 14. And while he didn't understand how a young boy could feel like a girl from the inside, he didn't worry about her. He acknowledged it and told her it could be a phase that would eventually pass.
As the school evolved and she saw young teenagers around her, she fell in love, never imagined she would ever find a partner. Moreover, the inner struggle for gender identity pushed her into a spiral.
"I was depressed. I couldn't cope with academics. Just a day before the exams, I stole some money from home and boarded a train to Delhi. I was terrified after the train crossed Patiala. There were some men who continued to tell me I went by, ran to a telephone booth and called my mother. She cried at the other end. "Come back, Gunraj, we won't say anything." I promised to come home. picked me up, and the next day my father drove from Patiala to take me home. "
On the way back, with tears in his eyes, he said, "I've always been trying to be your friend? Why didn't you talk to me?"
Gazal replied, "It wasn't a phase. I don't think it will come over."
From then on, her parents were supportive. She decided to complete her engineering, moved to Mysuru to work for Infosys and do something out of her life.
"I wanted to transition, but it was difficult at the time. So I decided to pursue my next big dream, to write for the Hindi movie industry."
She moved to Mumbai and studied filmmaking at St Xaviers. It was during the course that she made a documentary about gender identity. This opened a whole new world to her. She met several main characters who met in the same match, grew up and had successfully passed medical.
"It was when I realized that the transition was difficult, but not impossible."
She took the film to Patiala and showed it to her family.
Moved by the movie, the immediate question her parents asked her was, "When do you get it done?"
Gazal shares, It was the biggest turning point in my life. There was no back side. "
Gazal prepared an e-mail and sent it to all her closest family and friends who not only recognized it but also welcomed her courage for the journey ahead. It was acceptance, of the most beautiful type.
Read more: Bullied to be different, she defeated depression and taunts to become a transqueen!
Speaking of her first reaction after the nurse showed her body after the transition, Gazal says, "I didn't shout in excitement. I was just calm. It was peace I felt for a long time. I told myself," That's how it should be. My soul and body are now adjusted. Everything feels right for the first time & # 39; "
Gazal's parents went to each house in their place and talked to their neighbors about the transition to make sure no one treated her differently after she returned.
Now every day is a gift to Gazal. Today she is an activist, a motivational speaker and an inspiration to young people who struggle with gender identity.
As she brings on the screen a fantastic movie that destroys stereotypes, we want her the very best for the road ahead.
You go, Gazal!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)