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Gender question

The play, Hijada attempts to showcase the existence and problems of a community that lives on the periphery of society

A still from the  play, Hijada
A still from the play, Hijada

What started off as a play that explored the search for one’s sexual identity has become a tool for awareness.
When writer-director Saggherr Loadhii and his team at Akanksha Ranbhoomi staged their play Hijada last September, it was supposed to be an, “aesthetic piece that was not necessarily a product made for awareness,” says actor Zeeshan Kamble. Ten months later, however, the play has travelled to several cities, with the help of various NGOs who have supported it.
The play follows two men who get close to a hijra community and start questioning their own sexual identity. While the play has been lauded for its genuine portrayal of the lives of people from the community, the realism of its script has got them their fair share of controversy as well. Kamble, who plays the guru, head of the community in the play, says “The play is a realistic depiction of their lives, which includes prostitution, and their daily schedules. We have not taken sides; we haven’t shown transgenders as victims”. This has irked some from the community, who have protested.