Sushmita Sen, who is set to play transgender activist Gauri Sawant in the web series Taali, took 6 months for the project and learnt every dialogue by heart. It was Sawant's PIL (public interest litigation) that led to a landmark Supreme Court judgement in 2014, recognising the transgender community as the third gender.
The creators of Taali Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D. Nishandar recalled the passion with which Sen immersed herself into Sawant's life. They said, "She took around six months to say okay to the script and she knew it by heart. So in tune with the script she was by then that during the shoot, if we added or changed a line, she would tell us instantly that it wasn't there originally. She does her homework very well."
They also said that Sen had read the script at least four to five times and literally lived with the character till she became one with it, "Acting coach Atul Mongia helped her to finetune the transformation and director Ravi Jadav guided her to get the nuances of the Marathi diction right. She also worked very hard on her voice modulation. She put her heart and soul into Taali and today we cannot imagine anyone else playing Gauri other than her."
Helmed by filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, Taali will explore the momentous life of Sawant from her childhood, her transition, and her contribution to revolutionizing the transgender movement in India.