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See pic: Rajkummar Rao is a transgender in Bengali film Aami Saira Bano

regional-movies Updated: Sep 15, 2016 14:37 IST
Sweta Kaushal
Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times
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Rajkummar Rao shaved his body and lost a lot of weight for his Bengali debut Aami Saira Bano.

Be it the activist-lawyer from Shahid or the desperate migrant from Citylights, Rajkummar Rao is an actor who has proven his mettle every time we have seen him onscreen.

Adding to his kitty is the Bengali film Aami Saira Bano where he is playing a transgender.

The National Award-winner actor, who shaved his body for the role, said, “It’s a story about a boy who is a girl from inside and is drawn towards the transgender community who rechristen him Saira Bano. It was a fascinating story and character and challenged me as an actor.”

Rajkumar Rao spent two months learning Bengali for the film.Earlier, he learned Gujarati for Kai Po Che! (2013) and Malayalam for Aligarh (2015). He also lost weight for this role.

As part of his preparation for the role he also spent time with some transgenders in Kolkata listening to their stories.“Some of the stories were really sad but they themselves are chilled out and happy people,“ Rao said.

Sources said Aamii Saira Bano is currently stuck due to financial reasons. The film is being directed by Rahul Mukerjee.

The actor was hopeful that the film will be revived soon: “I would love to play a part like this again,“ he asserted when asked about a Hindi version of the film.

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