“I want to be a woman, not a painter”

 Lilli Elbe firmly declared it after the passage of six years since his joyous and comfortable marriage to his wife Einar Wegner: he had come to realize that the chemistry of his body had not been in tone with the gender he was assigned with at birth. He discovered he was no more Einar Wegner. He named himself Lilli Elbe, the first transgender to go through sex reassignment surgery.

 In history every victory comes with the war one declared against the norms to pave a new path, a new way towards truth. And to portray this in support of the people of the world who are still living in denial and unacceptance, Director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl is not only a tribute to the 1st transgender person but to inspire the Community and the world that to accept truth is to accept freedom. The cinematographer of the film Daniel Cohen marvelously represents the pictography and camera angles to depict the emotions. Credit also goes to the actors Eddie Redmayne who played the role of Lilli Elbe and Alicia Vikander who played his wife’s role. Their acting took the movie to another level. Lili Elbe was born as Einar Wegner, a Danish painter who was happily married. But at some point in life he discovered that he was in the wrong body. His body did not match up with the sexuality he thought he was and he started to behave like a woman. The whole transformation made others confused, causing many psychological ill treatments. At last a doctor who was aware of the truth came forward to help. Lilli, however, did not survive the sex reassignment surgery.  

It does not call for any mention that when something unusual happens in one’s life, conflation must remain with one shattering one’s emotion. And that is what moves someone to come out of the confusion with an inner urge to be at liberty in society, because freedom is eternal.

 Keeping in view the above, we can easily draw an inference to the effect that any person having been in confusion during his/her existence in the society can never lead a normal life until he/she achieves freedom. That is what prompted Tom Hooper to produce The Danish Girl which depicted the urge he had in his mind to depict oceanic freedom. The flying of a scarf over the open sky finally indicated that he was able accomplish the task he got crystallized in his mind for years – the eternity of freedom. Thus he represented the emotionally toiling class of transgender as a whole. Being different always attract the terms ‘not normal’ or ‘un natural’. But are we really somebody to deny the diversity in the creation of nature? What states us as normal and not letting them get their freedom and human rights? The way of victory, the way of revolution have never been easy and will never be. It is our choice who we stand with. Let the mind and soul get their freedom.



About the Writer

Dishari Sarkar is a student of Mass Communication. She is free thinker and feminist. She lives in Kolkata.