Behind the Scenes of Tikli and Laxmi Bomb: What I Learnt Playing a Sex Worker

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Behind the Scenes of Tikli and Laxmi Bomb: What I Learnt Playing a Sex Worker

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré

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e stand on the sidewalk, our bodies lit by the street lights that surround us. Six women dressed in sequinned tops, long skirts, shiny bangles, and lips red enough to stop all the evening traffic.

It’s my first day on the job playing Sharanya. Born in a little village in Tamil Nadu to a modest and hardworking set of parents, Sharanya was always the one to brighten up the home with a ready giggle. Her mum, a fisherwoman, would cook fish for her every evening, and she’d steal some away for her father. A happy little household until Sharanya was picked up from a market when she was eight, and shipped off to Chennai. Today, 12 years later, these sidewalks in Mumbai are home.

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