Bobby Darling

Other names of Bobby Darling: Pankaj Sharma, Tabu, Pinki popoo
Although there have been films in which transsexual or transgender characters have been portrayed by normal actors, the instances of actual transsexual persons acting in films are rare, even globally. From that point of view perhaps Bobby Darling as he likes to call himself and use as this as his screen name, is in many ways unique. A person with such a background would obviously have many interesting facets not only associated with his career but even in his personal life. He has mostly been portrayed in films as a female character, or at best as girlish boy. However, there seems to be no ambiguity about his actually being a male, although he had attempted to undergo a sex change operation in between to bring parity between his inner nature and external self. However, what is still having some amount of ambiguity is about his actual name. While some sources allude to him as Ritwik Pareek at the time of his birth, some others give him an original name of Ballabh Kothari. However, most of the bios about him identify his original name as Pankaj Sharma, which also seems credible based on other accounts. His actual life seems to be as interesting as any of the movies in which he has acted so far, and by now has acted in a good number of Hindi films, which include some well known names like Subhash Ghai’s “ Taal”; the Ritwik, Saif Ali starrer “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum”; and the Sharukh Rani Mukherjee starrer “ Chalte Chalte”. The list also includes light comedies like “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum” and “ Apna Sapna Money Money” followed by “Hasee to Phasee”. In addition, he has made TV appearances in popular serials like Sony TV’s “ Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin”; Star Plus’s family soap “ Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and the same channel’s supernatural themed “Kahi Kissi Roz”. Other serials included Zee TV’s popular “Hum Paanch”, the comic “ Professor Pyarelal”, also of Zee. Talking of TV appearances, his participation in the 2006 TV reality show “ Big Brother” triggered off a lot of discussion in general about the participation of someone of his sexual orientation in a reality show, as well generated interest about Bobby in general. This appearance perhaps paved the way for her subsequent appearance in the TV reality show “Sach Ka Saamna”, which incidentally also gave him the chance to get re-united with his estranged father. Earlier in 2005, her acting talents too received recognition when she bagged the Best Supporting Actor/Actress award during the Monaco International Film Festival, for the film “Navarasa”.

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