Taking the name Shabnam Bano, she acted in small parts in Hindi films, and later became a social worker.
Shabnam was elected to the Madhya Pradesh assembly in the Sohagpur constituency, and served from 1998 to 2003. In retrospect, Bano was known for her lack of corruption, although initially no other assemblyman would sit next to her.
A film has been made based on her life.
She is often addressed as Mausi (Hindi for Aunty), and has become an inspiration to other Hijra to take up mainstream activities
- “Eunuch MP takes Seat”. BBC News. 6 March 2000. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/668042.stm.
- Ronjita Kulkarni. "Meet Shabnam Mausi". Rediff, 4 March 2002. www.rediff.com/entertai/2002/mar/04shab.htm.
- Yogesh Bharadwaj (dir). Shabnam Mausi. With Ashutosh Rana as Shabnam Mausi. India 2005.