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Abhishek Kapoor on casting Vaani Kapoor in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui to play a transgender person.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is making a lot of noise for the right reasons. The film, which stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor revolves around the love story of a transgender person and a heterosexual man, a subject we don’t get to see in our films often. Director Abhishek Kapoor said the aim was to normalise conversations.

Speaking to Mid-Day, the director added, “It is a sensitive subject and one can end up offending the community. I took the mainstream approach to normalise conversations about them.”

While a section of the audience holds the view as to why a trans person wasn’t cast instead of Vaani Kapoor, Abhishek explained, “The mission was to not only make a film, but also deliver a message that reached far and wide; and to bring about change. With the purest (intention), it would have been ideal to cast a trans woman, but we also needed a seasoned performer to play the part. Vaani had the right amount of experience.”


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