For those of you who may not know her, this is Kami Sid
Kami is a transgender model and activist
Kami started making waves when she debuted as a model last year in November.
She partnered up with photographer Haseeb M Siddiqui for a photo shoot to lay emphasis on the need for transgenders to be a part of mainstream media. Outspoken and bold, she is known to champion for the transgender community as she believes that representation is extremely important. After slaying as a queen in real life, she will soon be seen in a short film titled Rani, where Kami plays the main role.
The film, directed by the US-based director, Hammad Rizvi, focuses on Kami’s character, Rani, who earns her living by selling toys on the streets of Karachi. One day, she happens to find an abandoned baby outside an orphanage and, in a whirlwind of emotion, takes the child home. Soon, however, she is made to realize that the child will have to face discrimination due to her decision.
Talking to MangoBaaz about the movie and the entire experience, Kami stated:
“The character has a lot of depth. I wasn’t too sure if I could do justice to the character. However, once we started shooting, I realized that I would be able to do a great job. The point of having a transgender play the role, instead of hiring a man, as is usually done, is to promote the idea that if you have a specific role requirement, hire people from within that community. What is the point of hiring a man to play a transgender? The essence of the character is lost in ridicule.”
Shooting this movie was not the easiest task.
From shooting in the streets to crowds gathering everywhere they went, the team did face their fair share of obstacles. However, everyone was determined in getting their bit done.
“We’re trying to push forward the idea that people from the transgender community are a part of society as well. When people see this movie, they will hopefully realize that we have the same problems as everyone else and we think the exact same way. This film is an excellent way to show society that people from within the transgender community can do anything – be it acting or modeling. We’re more than the stereotypes that have long been enforced.”
Thinking back to her personal struggles, Kami stated:
“I’ve faced a lot of discrimination and violence. I had to struggle a lot to be able to do what I am doing. However, I am doing exactly what I wanted to do. No one can stop me. All my struggles have made me stronger and more confident.”
Kami wishes to be a voice for the marginalized.
She hopes to keep championing for those who don’t have a voice themselves and is seen doing so every chance she can get. Rani is one such way in which she hopes to highlight the struggles of her community. Kami is trying to pave the path for the much-needed acceptance of the transgender community through her work. She sums it all perfectly with the following words:
“Hum koi computer ki ijad nahi hain. Hum bhi maa ki kok sae paida hokar baray huay hain.” (We are not computer generated machines. We, too, have been birthed from our mothers’ wombs.)
In case you’re wondering what the movie will look like, here’s the first look:
We're thrilled to bring you this first look at "Rani", an independently produced short film about a Pakistani transgender who sets out to take care of an unwanted baby. Written, produced, and directed, by Hammad Rizvi, an award winning film-maker from the US, "Rani" stars renowned Pakistani transgender activist and fashion model Kami Sid, and was shot entirely on location in Karachi. The film has been produced by boutique film production company GrayScale, in collaboration with Rizvilia Productions in the US. For more info please visit: www.ranishortfilm.com #Rani #RaniTheFilm #RaniShortFilm #GrayScaleFilmTV #HammadRizvi #KamiSid #ShortFilm
Kami’s insatiable drive to do more is awe-inspiring. To say that she is a powerhouse would be an understatement. Her excitement for the movie is contagious and her passion for the project truly makes you wonder how much emotion was put into this role. We’re looking forward to Rani. What about you?