“She helped us learn about their community"
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s upcoming film Haddi is reportedly set to feature 300 transgender people to provide an accurate representation of the community.
Film producers Raadhika Nanda and Sanjay Saha came together to talk about the challenge they faced in searching for transgender talent who were willing to take part in the film.
During the research stage, the production unit gained a lot of valuable contributions from Renuka, who is a transgender woman.
Renuka offered crucial information regarding the culture, upbringing and challenges that the transgender community faced daily.
The filmmakers became acquainted with several transgender people, which helped them to get an insight into their lives.
Renuka went on to organise meetings between Siddiqui and members of the transgender community, to allow the actor to play his character fairly.
Speaking about their interaction with the community, Saha said:
“She helped us learn about their community and their upbringing, along with the challenges faced by them from childhood to their day-to-day life.
“She also made us visit many people from the community which helped us write the script and get a better understanding of their life.
“She had brought some of her friends from the community to [Siddiqui] so that he could get into the character and deeply understand their life.”
Saha was full of admiration for Renuka as she educated the cast and crew members about the numerous complexities of being transgender.
“Renuka has helped us through the entire medical process too, including how the operation happens and what they have to go through post-operation.”
Saha went on to comment that the writers were allowed to sit and converse with members of the transgender community to gain knowledge about how they were treated and how they lived their daily lives.
Saha also complimented Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s commitment to the role and took into account how much time he spent in the community to understand their struggles.
Speaking of his experience, Siddiqui stated that he now has a changed mindset, patience and a deep appreciation for artists.
Siddiqui can be seen in the movie poster, donning a feminine image, which has gained lots of online media attention.
The producers showed gratitude towards the transgender community and accepted the realisation that there was a difference between the two worlds.
Haddi will be available for streaming on ZEE5.