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31 Dec 2018

Meet Gazal Dhaliwal, the trailblazing transwoman, who wrote 'ELKDTAL'

The trailer of Sonam Kapoor's Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has been breaking the internet for all the right reasons.

The movie revolves around homosexuality and needless to say the attempt is brave.

But what many people don't know is that a transwoman penned her own experiences in the movie.

Meet writer Gazal Dhaliwal, the trailblazer who lived her life like she wanted to.

In context

ELKDTAL's writer Gazal Dhaliwal's story is fascinating
Gazal Dhaliwal: A transwoman who chose her life

Gazal's story

Gazal Dhaliwal: A transwoman who chose her life

While Gazal's name may sound new to many, she is the writer of acclaimed movies like Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha and Tanuja Chandra's Qarib Qarib Singlle.

It was always about taking the road less traveled for Gazal who started her career as a software engineer in Infosys.

She ditched her job to pursue her dream of being a writer in Bollywood.

Gazal's truth

I was born in a wrong body: Gazal

Life was never easy for Gazal who was born as Gunraj to a Sikh family in Patiala, Punjab.

Sharing her experiences on Aamir Khan's show Satyamev Jayate, Gazal said she was five when she came to terms with her reality.

Gazal battled gender dysphoria till 25. The writer always knew she was a woman trapped inside a man's body.

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Gazal took 'several decades' to make 'ELKDTAL'

The trailer of ELKDTAL has received rave reviews from the audience and Gazal can't stop gushing over it. Gazal revealed while she started writing the movie in 2016, the entire process took several decades. Understandably, writing one's truth is never easy.

Interestingly, 'ELKDTAL' reunites Anil and Juhi after a decade

'ELKDTAL' cast

Interestingly, 'ELKDTAL' reunites Anil and Juhi after a decade

Helmed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, ELKDTAL features an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Juhi Chawla.

Interestingly, the movie reunites Anil and Juhi after more than a decade. They shared screen space in 2007 release Salaam-e-Ishq.

Besides, it is also Anil-Sonam's first collaboration.

ELKDTAL also features southern actress Regina Cassandra. She reportedly plays Sonam's love interest in the movie.

The story

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' deals with homosexuality

ELKDTAL revolves around a homosexual girl fighting the world and her inner self for her 'real' identity.

It joins the list of rare movies, like Aligarh and Margarita With A Straw, which have dealt with homosexuality sensibly.

ELKDTAL, which brings to viewers the most unexpected romance of 2019, has already been hailed by the LGBTQ community.

The movie will release on February 1, 2019.

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What is the cast of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga?

Asked 2018-12-31 11:41:06 by Shaurya Dasgupta

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga features an ensemble of cast including Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Tamil actress Regina Cassandra etc. The movie is slated to release on February 1st next year.

Who is Sonam Kapoor's love interest in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga?

Asked 2018-12-31 11:41:06 by Paridhi Mehra

Answered by NewsBytes

Sonam Kapoor is playing the role of a homosexual woman in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. It is reported that Tamil actress Regina Cassandra will be seen as her love interest in the movie. However, an official announcement is yet to be made.

Who is Gazal Dhaliwal?

Asked 2018-12-31 11:41:06 by Ishan Jhadav

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Gazal Dhaliwal is a stereotype-crashing transwoman screenwriter in Bollywood. She has given movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Qarib Qarib Singlle and now Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.

What is Gazal Dhaliwal's story?

Asked 2018-12-31 11:41:06 by Shreya Venkatesan

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Gazal shared her story on Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate and revealed that she was five when she realized that about her homosexuality. Born as Gunraj, she battled gender dysphoria for 25 years, before she got herself operated and started a new life as Gazal.

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