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Meet India’s first transgender lead actress – Anjali Ameer

Malayalam superstar Mammootty introduced his co-star, Anjali Ameer, a transsexual, who will play the lead role in a bilingual movie directed by Ram.
Anjali Ameer

In what can be called a first and a new chapter in Indian Cinema, Malayalam superstar Mammootty recently introduced his co-star on social media, Anjali Ameer, a transsexual, who is all set to play the lead role in a bilingual movie (Tamil and Malayalam), which is directed by Ram. The movie is set to be released later this year. While the Tamil version will be called Peranbu?, the Malayalam one is yet to be named.

The 21-year-old model turned actress, was born in a Muslim family in Keralas Kozhikode. She lost her mother at a very early age and her father a couple of years back. Since her childhood days, Anjali was always passionate about acting and to pursue her dreams she would always participate in youth festivals to showcase her talent. At the beginning of her modelling career, not many people were aware about her sexuality. It was only after she was dropped from a TV show, which became a controversy, most of them came to know about her sexuality.

Anjali felt feminine and in early 20s and even went through a sex change surgery. Anjali faced a lot of criticism not only from outsiders but also from her family members. Due to which she ran away from her home and started living with transgender community in Coimbatore and Bengaluru. Later, after much protest her family accepted her for who she was. They requested her to come back home and since then have been a constant support and her strength.

With her first movie ready to hit the screens, Anjali has been getting a handful of offers from Tamil and Telugu too. Anjali has definitely set a mark not only in Indian Cinema but also has become an inspiration for other people from her community to come out in open and pursue their dreams.

Way to go Anjali!

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

Also read: Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

Also read: I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview

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Harish Salve

Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

Watch the full interview here: 

Also read: Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son in money laundering case

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