Sushant Divgikar is an Indian transgender mannequin, actor, singer, psychologist, and wonder pageant director. He/She additionally works as a drag queen with the title ‘Rani KoHEnur’ or ‘Rani Ko-He-Nur.’
Sushant Divgikar was born on Tuesday, 3 July 1990 (age 32 years; as of 2022) in Bandra West, Mumbai. His/Her zodiac signal is Most cancers.
Sushant Divgikar’s childhood picture together with his father
He/She did his/her education at Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai. He/She then studied promoting/PR at Usha Pravin Gandhi Faculty of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai. Sushant did a Grasp of Arts in Industrial/Organizational from Mithibai Faculty of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science & Amruthben Jivanlal Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. Later, he/she did a course in promoting at Harkisan Mehta Institute, Mumbai.
Top (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Gender & Sexual Orientation
In his/her teenagers, he recognized himself as homosexual, however later, he/she realised that he/she is a gender-fluid (whose gender identification shouldn’t be fastened). His/Her most popular pronouns are he, she, they usually. In an interview, whereas speaking about his/her gender identification, he/she mentioned,
I needed to come out to all of you about my gender identification as a result of it was giving me plenty of nervousness and, plenty of instances, I simply couldn’t address it. I realised it’s greatest I put it on the market. Simply to make clear, I’ve realised that I can’t be certain to just one gender. I’m the synergy of each! I like my male as a lot as I like my feminine. I’m Shiv in addition to Shakti and the synergy of each energies. That is completely different from my orientation. I’ll at all times be interested in males. It’s simply that my gender identification isn’t just male! I’m a non-binary individual! I really feel majorly relieved.”
Sushant Divgikar was born to a Goan Konkani household.
Mother and father & Siblings
His/Her father, Pradeep Krishnarao Divgikar, is a retired Assistant Commissioner, Indian Customs and Central Excise and former President of the Better Mumbai Beginner Aquatics Affiliation (GMAAA). His/Her mom, Bharati Rao Divgikar, is a retired supervisor of a Japanese financial institution and runs an NGO. His/Her elder brother, Karan Divgikar, works at Qatar Airways.
Sushant Divgikar together with his mother and father
Sushant Divgikar together with his brother
In an interview, Sushant shared that he/she had three boyfriends. Certainly one of his boyfriends was a businessman from South Africa. They met for the primary time in a homosexual magnificence pageant. Reportedly, they have been supplied to take part within the TV superstar dance present ‘Nach Baliye.’ As of 2021, he’s single.
As a teen, Sushant began his/her profession as a mannequin in varied print ads and photoshoots. He/She has walked the ramp for ace Indian trend designers.
Sushant Divgikar in a trend present
In 2014, he/she participated in Mr Homosexual India competitors and received the title.
Sushant Divgikar Mr Homosexual India 2014
He/She then represented India at Mr Homosexual World competitors and was among the many prime 10 finalists. Within the contest, he/she received three sub-awards, Mr Homosexual World Congeniality, Mr Folks’s Alternative, and Mr Homosexual World Artwork.
Sushant Divgikar in Mr Homosexual World
Sushant has featured in varied TV commercials like Maruti Suzuki and Thought Mobiles.
In 2012, he/she hosted a TV present ‘Atyachaar Ka Punchnama’ aired on UTV Bindass. He/She has hosted a number of different TV exhibits equivalent to Model Police and Bindaas Video Wars. He/She appeared as a visitor within the 2013 TV present ‘Big Switch 3.’
Sushant Divgikar in Huge Change 3
He/She then participated as a contestant in varied TV exhibits equivalent to ‘Welcome– Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki’ (2013), ‘Bigg Boss 8’ (2014), and ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ (2018).
Sushant Divgikar in Bigg Boss 8 home
Sushant didn’t have any formal coaching in singing. In his/her teenagers, he/she used to apply Asha Bhosle’s music ‘Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja’ from the Hindi movie ‘Caravan’ (1971). In 2020, he/she launched his/her unbiased single ‘Diamond.’
Diamond music poster
In 2021, he/she launched his/her single “Damn That Man.” He/She lent his/her voice for the title monitor of the Kannada movie ‘3 Devi’ (2021). Sushant has additionally uploaded a number of Hindi cowl songs on his self-titled YouTube channel.
In 2015, he/she carried out for the primary time in a theatre play ‘Merchant of Venice’ directed by Vikram Kapadia. He/She then hosted a number of drag exhibits and occasions in nationwide and worldwide movie festivals. In one among his/her drag occasions, he/she was noticed by the Indian entrepreneur Ishaan Sethi who talked about Sushant with the manager director of Lalit Hospitality Group Keshav Suri. In 2017, Suri invited Sushant to carry out at his nightclub KittySu in New Delhi together with the drag queen Violet Chachki. Sushant’s efficiency was beloved by the viewers, and after that Sushant determined to undertake the drag queen avatar Rani Ko-HE-Nur.
Sushant Divgikar aka Rani KoHEnur
In an interview, when he/she was requested how he/she develop an curiosity in turning into a drag queen, he/she mentioned that since childhood, he/she was desirous about dressing up as a feminine. He/She mentioned,
As a toddler, I at all times beloved to decorate up. I’ve at all times been fascinated with make-up, equipment and fabulous costumes. I might take part in fancy gown competitions and at all times gown like a mermaid or Madhuri Dixit; as soon as I even dressed up as Tina Turner. I at all times loved taking part in feminine characters as a result of they’d a lot depth and character. However again then, I by no means knew what drag was. As I grew older, I began studying about it and noticed different drag artists from all over the world and knew that is what I needed to do!”
He/She additional mentioned,
I created this avatar as a result of I needed folks to grasp that drag is efficiency artwork, and it’s not simply cross dressing. I’m gender fluid, therefore the title, as a result of Rani is a queen however Ko-He-nur has a he in it. In drag, a person — homosexual, straight, transgender or bisexual — can carry out as a lady which incorporates sporting predominantly hyper-effeminate garments, exaggerated make-up and wigs. Drag may also be carried out by ladies — lesbian, straight, trans or bisexual — who gown up and carry out as male characters. Gender fluid folks additionally do drag — our first solo performing drag king is Durga Gawde, who goes by the stage title Shakti.”
Sushant Divgikar as a drag queen
Sushant is the primary Indian drag queen who carried out with the worldwide media firm Condé Nast. He/She has additionally carried out as ‘Rani KoHEnur’ or ‘Rani Ko-He-Nur’ at varied Indian TV exhibits, stage exhibits, and reside occasions. In 2021, he/she participated within the drag queen singing television collection ‘Queen of the Universe.’ Within the present, he/she sang the songs like “Piya Tu Ab To Aja”, “Laila Main Laila,” and “My Heart Will Go On.”
Sushant has been working as an LGBTQ activist for a really very long time. He/She has actively participated in varied LGBTQ parades and seminars. In his/her varied interview, he/she has talked about offering rights to the LGBTQ neighborhood. In one among his/her interviews, Sushant mentioned,
I contemplate Hijra icons Gauri Sawant, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and lots of others, to be their non secular gurus. I don’t must be from their neighborhood to really feel a familial bond with them. That’s the great thing about all of it, of being a part of this neighborhood. Once I speak about minorities, I’ve to speak about Hijras, Dalits, in addition to sexual, gender, and even spiritual ones, as a result of our struggles intersect. Why are we even having to ask for equal rights in a democracy?”
In 2017, he/she appeared within the Hindi net collection ‘101 India.’ In 2022, he/she began a YouTube collection ‘Main Bhi Rani with Sushant Divgikar’ during which he/she talks to numerous transgender folks.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- 2018: GQ’s 50 Most Influential Younger Indians
Sushant Divgikar- GQ 50 Most Influential Younger Indians 2019
- 2019: Group Management Award by India HIV/AIDS Alliance for groundbreaking excellence and being a voice nationally and internationally for the LGBTQIA+
- 2019: Actual Hero Award by Rotaract 3141 for breaking boundaries and difficult gender norms
- 2020: Change Maker Award by Mac India
- 2020: Forbes 30 Underneath 30 Asia Listing
- 2021: High 25 Creators on Instagram in India by Instagram for Enterprise
- 2022: Blogger Award for LGBTQIA+Voice of The Yr- Well-liked Alternative by Cosmo India
Sushant Divgikar holding his awards
- Drag Queen: Trixie Mattel
- Music: Lag Jaa Gale from Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)
- His/Her household and pals name her Sushi.
- Whereas he/she was in class, he/she used to take part in swimming competitions, and he/she was a sports activities captain. He/She participated in varied state-level and national-level swimming competitions.
- He/She has received a tattoo inked on his/her left chest.
Sushant Divgikar’s tattoo
- He/She is an avid canine lover and has a pet canine.
Sushant Divgikar together with his pet canine
- Sushant is a non secular individual and has a deep religion in Lord Ganesha.
Sushant Divgikar with an idol of Lord Ganesha
- He/She has been featured on the quilt web page of varied magazines like Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone.
Sushant Divgikar featured on the quilt of Rolling Stone journal
- He/She is usually noticed consuming alcohol at events and occasions.
Sushant Divgikar holding a glass of wine
- He/She obtained felicitations at varied occasions. He/She as soon as was honoured by the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Sushant Divgikar being felicitated at an occasion
- Sushant is energetic on varied social media platforms. He/She has a self-titled YouTube channel.
- He/She was as soon as in melancholy for getting bullied and harassed due to his sexual orientation. In an interview, he/she talked about it. He/She mentioned,
My household is my greatest power they usually have been very supportive of no matter I do. I’m privileged to come back from a broad-minded and progressive household. They don’t discriminate on the premise of gender, faith, caste or creed. There are lots of people who say one factor and do the precise reverse. My mother and father have taught us to deal with everybody with love and respect no matter who they’re and the place they arrive from. I believe each household must be like mine. They supported me throughout my robust instances. Additionally, the Indian mannequin Diandra was an excellent help.”