Sushant Divgikar has causes to be completely satisfied nowadays. Solely the opposite week, he grew to become India’s first drag artiste to function on the Forbes 30 Beneath 30 Asia Checklist, for Class 2020.
Nevertheless, the journey has not been straightforward for the mannequin, actor, singer cum video-jockey, who has represented India at Mr. Homosexual World (2014). Regardless of attaining a lot at simply 29, Sushant, who can be popularly known as Rani Ko-He-Nur, has had his bouts of emotional troubles, public abuse, insults, rejection and even demise threats.
All these couldn’t have an effect on Sushant, who says that hatred solely enhanced his braveness and dedication.
Speaking about the identical, Sushant Divgikar shared: “I’ve gone by way of so much in these 14 years. From being emotionally troubled to being insulted on set, to being requested to go away an audition even earlier than I gave my look take a look at, to not getting booked for a gig or a job as a result of I’m homosexual. There have been individuals who have even given me demise threats and have gone to the extent of abusing my dad and mom and household publicly.”
“However by no means has all this hate affected my work as a result of it has solely made me stronger and more durable. And as my mom says, the canines will preserve barking! The queen has to maintain strolling with out trying down or tilting her head as a result of if she does, her crown will slip fall,” he added.
As a baby, Sushant was fascinated with cosmetics and make-up. He bought interested in doing make-up and dressing up even earlier than he knew the time period “drag”. He shared: “I’ve all the time been fascinated with make-up and fabulous costumes and equipment. Since I used to be a child I appreciated to decorate up however I by no means knew what drag was again then. As I grew older, I examine it and really carefully noticed different drag artists from around the globe mastering the artwork and at the back of my head, I knew that is what I needed to do!”
How did he turn into Rani Ko-He-Nur? Sharing about his journey, Sushant expressed: “Mr. Keshav Suri, Government Director of the Lalit hospitality group invited me to carry out in 2017 at his Nightclub franchise KittySu, New Delhi together with world-renowned drag queen, Violet Chachki. After this efficiency, the viewers and particularly Mr. Suri liked my efficiency and determined that I ought to take up drag as efficiency artwork, professionally and due to this fact, Rani Ko-He-Nur was born. The remainder is historical past or ought to we are saying ‘her’ story.”
He added: “I’ve been lucky to journey the world due to Rani. From Chandigarh to Bengaluru to Kolkata to Jaisalmer to London to Stockholm to even Dhaka in Bangladesh. Rani has carried out all around the world and it’s my dream that I’m capable of carry out in each nation and as many cities around the globe as I can.”
Regardless of every kind of obstacles, love and help of his household has stored Sushant going. The LGBTQ activist and drag queen performer expressed: “My household has all the time been very supportive of no matter I do. I come from a particularly forward-thinking and broad-minded household. They don’t discriminate based mostly on gender, faith, caste or creed. I feel each household needs to be like mine.”
Up-next, Sushant is planning to launch his singles. He revealed: “I’m planning to launch my singles. I would accumulate the tracks into an album however I’m undoubtedly releasing my singles. I can be singing in each tenor and soprano to showcase my distinctive vocal capabilities.”
Rani Ko-He-Nur concluded with a message for budding drag artistes. “I’d similar to to inform anybody who needs to take drag professionally, do what you do finest! Don’t attempt to imitate another person. Your uniqueness will shine by way of!”
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