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Performance is beyond gender stereotypes: Former Mr. Gay India Sushant

Tuesday - October 9, 2018 6:28 pm , Category : HEALTH
 Performance is beyond gender stereotypes: Former Mr. Gay India Sushant
Performance is beyond gender stereotypes: Former Mr. Gay India Sushant
New Delhi Oct 9 (IANS) After exploring the world of acting modelling and hosting Mr. Gay India 2014 Sushant Divgikar who will be seen trying his hand at singing as a participant in reality TV show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" has urged people not to judge an artiste on the basis of gender.
"Performance is beyond gender stereotypes. To be a good performer it does not matter whether you are male female or gay. What plays an important role is your performance. If you are a good performer people will definitely appreciate your talent.
"Be it acting dancing or singing or any other XYZ profession gender can t resist someone from showcasing their skills " Sushant told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
The 28-year-old will be performing as Rani Ko-He-Nur his drag queen avatar which came into being a year ago in "Sa re Ga Ma Pa" which will go on air on Zee TV later this month.
Explaining the concept of a drag queen he said: "A man dresses up in women s clothes and performs in front of public. In the West it is being followed a lot. On Indian television it has not been practiced till now. So I feel blessed and fortunate to perform my art in the form of a drag queen and to put Rani in the forefront.
"In our country there are many people who are adamant to accept all sorts of people and performers so through my drag queen get-up I want people to accept me with open arms and love my new singing avatar."
As Sushant is not a professionally trained singer he finds competing against other participants a little challenging.
"Though singing is my first love I have practiced singing only in childhood. Now I have to take music lessons and rehearse every morning. All other participants in the show would be well-trained so I am little nervous. But I am excited because life is meant to face challenges."
Sushant is also well-known for supporting the rights of the LGBTQ community. He is extremely happy about the Supreme Court verdict on decriminalising homosexuality.
"After the verdict I have observed a lot of changes in people. They have become more open. Earlier LGBTQ people were denied entry into various clubs and several places but now clubs are organising gay parties and people have become more friendly.
"I would not say that there is a complete transformation in people s mindset but all these small changes in today s time matter a lot."

--IANS sim/rb/bg