Sushant Divgikar is an Indian transgender model, actor, singer, psychologist and beauty pageant director. She also works as a drag queen under the name ‘Rani Kohenoor’ or ‘Rani Ko-hee-noor’.
Sushant Divgikar was born on Tuesday 3 July 1990.age 32 years; by 2022) in Bandra West, Mumbai. His zodiac sign is Cancer.
He did his schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai. He then studied Advertising/PR at Usha Praveen Gandhi College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mumbai. Sushant did his Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science and Amritben Jeevanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. Later, he did a course in advertising at Harkisan Mehta Institute, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: brown
Eye Colour: brown
gender and sexual orientation
In his teens, he identified himself as gay, but later, he realized that he was a gender-fluid (whose gender identity is not fixed). Her favorite pronouns are he, she and they. In an interview, while talking about her gender identity, she said,
I had to come to you all about my gender identity because it was worrying me a lot and at times I couldn’t cope with it. I realized it was best that I put it there. Just to clarify, I’ve realized that I can’t bind to just one gender. I am a combination of both! I love my man as much as I love my woman. I am also Shiva and Shakti and the synergy of both the energies. This is different from my orientation. I will always be attracted to men. It’s just that my gender identity isn’t just male! I am a non-binary person! I feel relieved.”
Sushant Divgikar was born in a Konkani family of Goa.
parents and siblings
His father, Pradeep Krishnarao Divgikar, is a retired Assistant Commissioner of Indian Customs and Central Excise and former President of the Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatics Association (GMAA). His mother Bharti Rao Divgikar is a retired manager of a Japanese bank and runs an NGO. His elder brother, Karan Divgikar, works in Qatar Airways.
relationships / affairs
In an interview, Sushant had told that he had three boyfriends. One of her boyfriends was a businessman from South Africa. They first met at a gay beauty pageant. Reportedly, she was offered to participate in the TV celebrity dance show ‘Nach Baliye’. As of 2021, she is single.
As a teenager, Sushant started his career as a model in various print advertisements and photoshoots. She has walked the ramp for Indian fashion designers.
In 2014, he participated in Mr Gay India competition and won the title.
He then represented India in the Mr Gay World competition and was among the top 10 finalists. In the competition, he won three sub-awards, Mr Gay World Congeniality, Mr People’s Choice, and Mr Gay World Art.
Sushant has acted in various TV commercials like Maruti Suzuki and Idea Mobile.
In 2012, he hosted a TV show ‘Atyachar Ka Punchnama’ aired on UTV Bindass. He has hosted some other TV shows like Style Police and Bindass Video Wars. He appeared as a guest in the 2013 TV show ‘Big Switch 3’.
She then participated as a contestant in various TV shows like ‘Welcome- Baji Mehman Nawazi Ki’ (2013), ‘Bigg Boss 8’ (2014), and ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ (2018).
Sushant had not taken any formal training in singing. In his teens, he used to practice Asha BhosleThe song ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’ from the Hindi film ‘Caravan’ (1971). In 2020, he released his independent single ‘Diamond’.
In 2021, he released his single “Damon That Man”. He lent his voice for the title track of the Kannada film ‘3 Devi’ (2021). Sushant has also uploaded some Hindi cover songs on his self-titled YouTube channel.
In 2015, she performed for the first time in ‘Merchant of Venice’, a theater play directed by Vikram Kapadia. He then hosted some drag shows and shows at national and international film festivals. At one of his drag events, he was spotted by Indian entrepreneur Ishaan Sethi, who talked about Sushant along with Keshav Suri, executive director of Lalit Hospitality Group. In 2017, Suri invited Sushant to perform with drag queen Violet Chachi at his nightclub Kittisoo in New Delhi. Sushant’s performance was liked by the audience and after that Sushant decided to adopt the drag queen avatar Rani Ko-He-Noor.
In an interview, when asked how her interest in becoming a drag queen developed, she said that since childhood she was interested in dressing up as a woman. he/she said,
As a kid, I always loved to dress up. I have always been passionate about makeup, accessories and fabulous costumes. I used to participate in fancy dress competitions and always dressed like a mermaid or Madhuri Dixit; One time I even dressed as Tina Turner. I always enjoyed playing female characters because they had so much depth and character. But at the time, I never knew what drag was. As I got older, I started reading about it and seeing other drag artists from all over the world and I knew this is what I wanted to do!
I made this avatar because I wanted people to understand that drag is a performance art, and it’s not just cross dressing. I am gender fluid, hence the name, because the queen is the queen but in Ko-he-noor she is. In drag, a man – gay, straight, transgender or bisexual – can perform as a woman in a predominantly feminine form of clothing, exaggerated makeup, and wigs. Drag can also be performed by women – lesbian, straight, trans or bisexual – who dress up and perform as male characters. People with linga dravya drag in too – our first solo performance is drag king Durga Gawade, who goes by the stage name Shakti. ,
Sushant is the first Indian drag queen to perform with global media company Condé Nast. She has also performed as ‘Rani Kohenoor’ or ‘Rani Ko-hee-noor’ in various Indian TV shows, stage shows and live events. In 2021, she participated in the drag queen singing television series ‘Queen of the Universe’. On the show, she sang songs like “Piya Tu Ab To Aaj”, “Laila Main Laila,” and “My Heart Will Go On”.
Sushant has been working as an LGBTQ activist for a long time. He has actively participated in various LGBTQ parades and seminars.
In her various interviews, she has talked about providing rights to the LGBTQ community. In one of his interviews, Sushant said,
I consider Hijra Prateek Gauri Sawant, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and many others as my spiritual mentors. I don’t need to be from their community to feel a family bond with them. Being a part of this community, that’s the beauty of it. When I talk about minorities, I tend to talk about eunuchs, dalits as well as sexual, gender and even religious people, because our struggles intertwine. Why do we have to demand equal rights in a democracy?
In 2017, he appeared in the Hindi web series ‘101 India’. In 2022, he started a YouTube series ‘Main Bhi Rani’ with Sushant Divgikar, in which he talks to various transgender people.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- 2018: GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians
- 2019: Community Leadership Award by India HIV/AIDS Alliance for Outstanding Excellence and Being a Voice for LGBTQIA+ Nationally and Internationally
- 2019: Real Hero Award by Rotaract 3141 for breaking barriers and challenging gender norms
- 2020: Change Maker Award by MAC India
- 2020: forbes 30 under 30 asia list
- 2021: Top 25 Creators on Instagram in India by Instagram for Business
- 2022: Blogger Award for LGBTQIA+Voice of the Year – Popular Choice by Cosmo India
- Gay: Trix Mattel
- Song: Who was she? (1964)
Facts / Trivia
- His family and friends call him Sushi.
- When he was in school, he used to participate in swimming competitions, and he was a sports captain. He participated in various state level and national level swimming competitions.
- He has got a tattoo inked on his left chest.
- She is an avid dog lover and has a pet dog.
- Sushant is a spiritual person and has a deep faith in Lord Ganesha.
- She has been featured on the cover page of various magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone.
- He is often seen drinking alcohol at parties and events.
- He was honored in various events. He was once honored by the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
- Sushant is active on various social media platforms. He/she has a self-titled YouTube channel.
- He was once in depression due to being bullied and upset because of his sexual orientation. He talked about this in an interview. he/she said,
My family is my biggest strength and they have been very supportive in everything I do. I am privileged to come from a broad minded and progressive family. They do not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, caste or creed. There are a lot of people who say one thing and do the exact opposite. My parents have taught us to treat everyone with love and respect, whoever they are and where they come from. I think every family should be like me. He supported me in my difficult times. In addition, the Indian model Diandra was a big support. ,