The Bold & the Beauttiful
Chronicling the life of the transgender community working Mumbai’s local trains
Trains are undoubtedly imagination’s best friend. The metaphor of a journey, its unfaltering, meditative rhythm, and its ability to purposefully pack in a myriad experiences that begin and end at the station platform, are reasons why creativity naturally gravitates towards and lives within train compartments. And sometimes, these fleeting stories that magically abound like mushrooms in a field are picked by the right hands.
Anushree Fadnavis’ portraits of trans people or hijras in the local Mumbai train is one such example. The portraits are evocative in how the images are framed, where what isn’t revealed is somehow in the foreground as against what we do see. ‘Most of the trans-women I have spoken to have been very sweet and humble. Some don’t trust me, while some share their stories easily. All I wanted to do with this project was to show the world their humble nature and how amazing this community is. I think it will take me a while to understand them and for them to accept me,’ says Fadnavis. ‘In the recent past, there has been an increase in the number of trans people in Mumbai’s local trains asking for money. This is their job and this is how they earn their livelihood. These pictures may be mere portraits for some, but if you look close enough they tell you a lot. Through these pictures I want to show the humans behind this tag “transgender”,’ explains Fadnavis.