Only recently, we were introduced to the cast of Faraz Arif Ansari‘s upcoming film, Sheer Khurma. An LGBTQIA+ film, Sheer Khurma is set to see Divya Dutta and Swara Bhasker play a queer couple, with veteran actress Surekha Sikri playing a pivotal role. We now have news about the newest addition to the cast of the film, and it is the ex-Bigg Boss contestant, Priya Malik. Priya rose to fame during her stint on Bigg Boss 9. She is also the host of a show on TV9 Bharatvarsh called ‘Uncensored News with Priya Malik‘ where she discusses pertinent issues in the society.

Priya shares that she is elated about her Bollywood debut being an LGBTQIA+ film. As someone with a bold persona who is very vocal about her opinions, Priya will be a valuable addition to the cast of the film.

Here’s what she said:

I’m really pleased that my first film is a sensitive and thoughtful account of a queer love story traversing the path of acceptance. It’s a poignant script written by the director Faraz Arif Ansari. My character is small but this film is a big step for me in the right cinematic direction. Shoot begins next month and it will premier at festivals in India and abroad by early next year.

Maybe a small step, but definitely in the right direction. Good luck, Priya! Can’t wait to see more of you in the movies.

A film like Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga starring Sonam Kapoor started an important conversation about mainstream Bollywood cinema’s portrayal of LGBT & Queer stories and characters. After that, it is exciting to see more such movies being made. Can’t wait to catch this film soon.