Sushant Divgikr - the one who blends their art with advocacy on mainstream media!

Piyush Singh
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We’ve all seen Sushant Divgikr bring queer rights advocacy to mainstream media and being celebrated for the same. Here’s why it feels so special!

Do you remember how the song “Pari Hoon Main” was such a big hit last year? Even if everyone had different opinions on the film, Thank You for Coming, we collectively enjoyed watching Sushant Divgikr in the film. And for more than one reason, the fact that people loved their character feels immensely special.

In India, traditional values and cultural norms have long shaped societal attitudes. For many, these values are a source of pride and identity but the same cultural norms often include regressive behavior towards queer people, and these deeply ingrained beliefs frequently manifest as prejudice and social exclusion. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement of people standing up against this oppression, thanks to increased awareness and advocacy. Some people are using their online presence to fight prejudice but Sushant Divgikr is one such artist who is known for bringing these issues to mainstream Indian media. As a well-known singer, performer, and drag artist, Sushant has been on reality shows, fashion weeks, and even global events and has used every platform they have been on to speak up for the community.

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Back in 2022, we had a chat with Sushant where they shared the immense pride they take in being an artist. Amidst our chat, they shared, “I think Rani-Ko-He-Nur has been one of the best decisions of my life. Also, I think the other personality balances it as Sushant. I'm much calmer. But, as Rani, I have so much more on my shoulders and much more responsibility because I’m not only representing the LGBTQIA+ community but also women of all sorts, right from plus size, Hindu, Muslim, any caste, color, trans women.” Sushant is known for blending their art with advocacy, and maybe we do not give enough credit to art for change.

Art has always been a powerful catalyst for change, though it often doesn't receive the credit it deserves. We often believe in the things we see around us. When art and media we consume reflect inclusivity, our thoughts and attitude naturally begin to shift towards acceptance. Seeing broad representation in mainstream media helps to normalize what might have once been seen as different or other. It encourages us to broaden our perspectives and understand the full spectrum of human experience. We have come a long way in demanding a more inclusive society, but there is still a long way to go.

As Sushant mentions in the same conversation, “We have miles to go. I can’t be unfair and say change hasn’t happened; it’s much better than what it was 10 years back, in fact, even 5 years back. When I joined, there were people who were homophobic or transphobic, but now they know that there will be repercussions. We can’t say something that is demeaning or unparliamentary. Things have changed but not so much. You see, in other countries, they’re progressing so much. I would really want our country to be on the top. We’re a country of diversity, so why don’t we celebrate all kinds of genders?”

Perhaps the social exclusion we often see in society stems from ignorance and a lack of understanding. People like Sushant Divgikr, who bring activism to the forefront of mainstream media, play a crucial role in bridging this gap.

Here's wishing this powerhouse a happy birthday!

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