On March 8, 2021, Tashnuva Anan Shishir made history by becoming the nation of Bangladesh’s first transgender news anchor. She has worked as an actress, model, and campaigner.
Tashnuva told, “I was born with a male body, but I was matching a woman’s mind and soul. Tashnuva has appeared in two other movies, “Goal” by Syed Shahriar and “Koshai” by Anonno Mamun. She portrayed the investigator in the first, and in the second, she was a female coach whose difficulties were highlighted.
Made History – First Transgender News Anchor
Becoming the first openly transgender news anchor in a country as conservative as Bangladesh was a feat for Anan. She talked for three minutes on broadcast on International Women’s Day in 2021, in front of millions of her countrymen. Throughout November 2021, she served as a sporadic anchor for Boishakhi TV.
She travelled to New York in December 2021 to undergo medical attention for her metamorphosis. She was the first transgender model to walk the New York Fashion Week runway in 2022.
Anan, who was raised in a traditional Muslim home, has experienced bullying and even survived numerous suicide attempts. Even her father had rejected her in the family. She once resided in slums and was impoverished.
Anan claimed that she has always aspired to be an actor in a video chat with a reporter for The New York Times. “Gender should not be a factor in evaluating people. Individuals ought to be thanked for their efforts. People ought to be commended for their talent, she continued.
Although she claimed that being an anchor gave her new perspective, it did not give her access to a worldwide stage. Yet now that she’s in the US, she has access to global travel.
Plays, movies, and what’s coming next
Shayok Misha Chowdhary’s bilingual play in Bengali and English, “Public Obscenities,” premiered in American theatres in March. In India, the play was set. It concerns a pair who conducts interviews with members of Kolkata’s LGBT community.
Anan portrays Shou, one of the main characters who identifies as a Kothi, an Indian gender that is typically used to men who do not fit into the social gender roles that are expected of them. Her life was altered by this job. “Shou is clever, extra talented, and outgoing, and Shou actually knows about this situation: the state of gay people and queer activism, particularly in Kolkata, Bangladesh, and Pakistan,” she remarked.