Bobby Darling: “India’s first openly transgender”

Pakhi Sharma also known as Bobby Darling “India’s first openly transgender” star person active in Bollywood cinemas and regional Indian films, celebrity, reality show participant, and model. Before the transformation, she appeared in the Limca Book of Records for doing 18 roles as a gay man by the time she was 23 years old.

During her visit for an audition in a television show, she got the attention of Rishi Vohra, who later on cast her in the popular Bollywood film with the main cast Salman Khan in Maine Dil Tujhko Diya as a leader of the college group The Sisters. Originally a minor role, the character was given a more pivotal part when producer-cum-director Sohail Khan was impressed with her performance during its filming.

Bobby Darling came into focus in Indian cinema after she got a chance in the first season reality TV program Bigg Boss, which reflects the Big Brother format, which was first produced by Endemol in the Netherlands. Bobby was also the first person representing sexuality minorities who have continued at the show. She has since appeared on other shows, and media, and made several appearances while continuing her acting profession.

Darling was born and bought up in Bombay which is now renamed Mumbai, India. Coming up as transgender at a very young age, she ran into many obstacles in her life with her family due to her gender status. Her mother died when Bobby Darling was a youngster. She said in an interview that her appearance on the reality show Sacch Ka Saamna, the Indian version of the famous American show named “The Moment of Truth”, who helped her to reunite with her family. The two were brought together on the show when her dad was the special surprise guest. She also goes through for surgery: ‘Breast Implant’ in 2010.

Bobby Darling has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights and she was identified with the LGBT community and has expressed that her arrest, along with other guests at a private party was solely due to police bias against gay people, “I doubt the police would have taken such action had it not been a gay party … I did not see any form of indecent behavior.”

Bobby Darling announced that she is going to marry with her Lucknow based friend Ramnik Sharma after the consent of their family. Later on, Bobby filed a divorce case against her husband Ramnik Sharma because of domestic violence and demanding dowry in September 2017, But Ramnik told a news channel that everything that Bobby has said is baseless and she is doing it to get some publicity and his money. Bobby also told the entertainment portal that she is far more in peace than she was when the ugly fights with Ramnik began.

Amit Sahai

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