Geeky Govind `Govi’ Patel of Kai Po Che!, Shahid Azmi, the intensely passionate human rights activist-lawyer of Shahid, the desperate migrant Deepak Singh of CityLights or Deepu Sebastian, Aligarh‘s journalist — Rajkummar Rao has always brought diverse shades to the big screen with his performances.

This time around, the actor has taken one step ahead! For his upcoming Bengali film Aami Saira Bano, the National Award-winner actor plays a transgender.

Divulging details about the film, the actor said, “It’s a story about a boy who is a girl from inside and is drawn towards the transgender community who rechristen him as Saira Bano. It was a fascinating story and character and challenged me as an actor.”

The actor learnt Bengali for the film and also spent some time with a few transgenders in Kolkata to listen to their stories. But that&’s not all; Rajkummar actually shaved his body for the role. 

“Some of the stories were really sad but they themselves are chilled out and happy people,“ Rajkummar shared.

The actor also shed a lot of weight for the role.

Unfortunately, Rahul Mukerjee&’s directorial is currently stuck due to financial reasons. 

Brimming with hopes that it would be revived soon, he said, “I would love to play a part like this again.“

He then lauded Fawad Khan, who played a homosexual in Kapoor and Sons and Manoj Bajpayee who played one in Aligarh.

“Why step back when it’s not about us but the characters we’re living?“ he added and wished that he would get to play such a character in Bollywood too!