Y–Films has been different and have successfully championed the cause of gender equality, first in their YouTube series 'Band Baja Baaraat' and 'Man’s world', which was done in collaboration with the United Nations. Their next game changer is India’s first own Transgender Band in collaboration with Sonu Nigam, called 6-Pack Band.
In a happy, free-spirited introduction video, the Transgender band sings a cover version of Pharell Willaim's Happy. The video begins with Anushka Sharma’s voice over about the Transgender community in India, and it if followed by a merry and unique video song titled 'Hum Hai Happy'. The effort is indeed commendable. However, this was an effort waiting to happen.
After Obama appointed the first transgender individual in the White House, after Caitlyn Jenner starred in a reality TV show 'I Am Cait' which focuses on her gender transition and finally, after the existence of Laverne Cox, who is an American actress, reality television star and LGBT advocate all in one, best recognized for her Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, could India be too far behind?
'Hum Hai Happy' is very vibrant, but what’s most important is the infectious energy that the group exudes while singing the song. The bond that ties them together despite the hardships and rejection they have faced all throughout their lives, is acceptance in popular culture. This is a great beginning for 2016.
At the press conference, we were all encouraged to join hands and ‘clap’ in their signature style, which is a traditional identification mark associated with the eunuch community.
Sonu Nigam further came on board the project with six songs, six videos and six members. If you're happy, and you know it, 'clap' your hands! Watch the video here: