Multitalented transwoman Ivanka Das to play the main ‘Begum’ in Netflix’s Bombay Begums
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Ivanka Das, who made her digital debut with Yeh Hai #Mandi on Prime Flix, will now be seen headlining the cast of Netflix’s new show Bombay Begums.
Written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Bombay Begums revolves around five women who try to take their place in a male-dominated society and fight for their social, ethical, personal and economic rights in order to achieve their ambitions. The characters transcend generations. Alongside Ivanka will be Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Manish Choudhary, Plabita Borthakur, and Rituraj Singh. Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bose are also slated to appear in pivotal roles. In an interview, Shrivastava revealed that the show entails looking at how women overcome making tough choices in a society which presents many difficult circumstances. She hopes that it will be a step in providing value to its women.
Ivanka will be seen playing the role of a prostitute on the show who makes the titular ‘Begum,’ the second for her after Yeh Hai #Mandi in which she played the owner of a brother as well. This is a huge breakthrough for the actor who burst into the scene with the dance reality show Dance Deewane Season 2, and it was Madhuri Dixit who lauded her for her tremendous skill. She is the first bald transwoman to be featured on TV.