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  • 14 Mar 2019, DNA

TRANSaction: Opening up more avenues to inclusion

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?"

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The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.

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