Two first-of-its-kind professional acting workshops for transpersons, 'TRANSaction', seek to open doors to inclusion and opportunities for the trans community. This inclusion-friendly initiative is a brainchild of Faraz Arif Ansari, director of critically acclaimed Sisak — the first ever Indian silent LGBTQ short film. "In our journey to mainstream LGBTQIA+ narratives, we often forget that access is still a major drawback for most of the trans community who don't have right support and channels to support dreams," he said.
Ansari discovered the fact while trying to cast for his next, Sabr. "Casting cisgendered trans persons has been an established practice for a long time. But that doesn't make it right. In our inclusive times, this should change — no matter how well-intentioned a project may be — it's appropriative, dangerous and ends up scoring a rather distasteful home goal. How can a film ostensibly (and often loftily) trying to bring out trans people out of denial, negation, and exclusion, end up obscuring the very same people?"
Headquartered in New Delhi, the company opened its first hotel here in 1988 under the dynamic leadership of Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri, who spearheaded the Group’s unprecedented expansion plans.
Rapid expansion and consolidation of its leadership position continues under the enterprising stewardship of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, who took over as Chairperson & Managing Director in 2006.
All hotels within the group operated under the brand The Grand – Hotels, Palaces & Resorts. It was re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ on November 19, 2008 as a tribute to the company’s Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri.
The company offers twelve luxury Hotels, Places & Resorts and two mid market segment hotels under The LaLiT Traveller brand offering 2261 rooms.