Shikhandi - The Story of the In-betweens
(English / 90 mins)
Director : Faezeh Jalali
Theatre Group : Fats The Arts
Cast: Meher Acharia-Dar, Mahnaz Damania, Karan Desai, Vikrant Dhote, Nikhil Murali, Tushar Pandey, Kartavya Anthwaal Sharma , Srishti Shrivastava
Shikhandi is perhaps one of the earliest trans-characters known in mythology.
Shikhandi was meant to be born male to avenge an insult in her past life as Amba. But the bigger karmic game unfolds when she is reborn female, raised male, has a sex change on her wedding night (thanks to a Yaksha) in the forest, and finally fulfils her destiny - to be the cause of Bhishma's death.
A comic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the story of Shikhandi, mixing the traditional with the contemporary, the play questions maleness, femaleness and everything in between. The play was runner-up at the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards 2016 and was also awarded Best Play at the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2017.