JENANA: Actors Saswata Chatterjee, Priyanka Sarkar & Sankar Chakraborty Paste Posters of Barshali Chatterjee's Transgender Film

By Sovan Chakraborty, WBRINN (

Rupanjana Mitra, Barshali Chatterjee and Sankar Chakrabarty
Rupanjana Mitra, Barshali Chatterjee and Sankar Chakraborty

Kolkata, India, Feb 20 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Film production houses are innovating newer ways of promotion every day. In the cut-throat competition promotion matters a lot and a good promotion has often turned as the trump card for a film’s success.

Keeping with the trend director Barshali Chatterjee’s debut vehicle Jenana came up with a known yet new idea of promoting the film.. The cast and crew of the movie which included Saswata Chatterjee, Priyanka Sarkar and theatre personnel Sankar Chakraborty pasted the posters of the film at Tollygunge, the ‘Studio Para’ of Kolkata’.

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A few years back stars no one would have ever though that they will see the stars themselves pasting the posters which is carried out by very low paid workers. But there seemed no ego complexity among the cast and crew of Jenana and they pasted the posters with high enthusiasm. They were seen enjoying every moment of the sport.

“Poster is the most common promotional tool which drags audience to the theatre halls. So we have decided to commence it with the cast and crew. “ said director Barshali.

Saswata Chatterjee, Sankar Chakraborty and Barshali Chatterjee
Saswata Chatterjee, Sankar Chakraborty and Barshali Chatterjee

Jenana is a never before seen slice of life that revolves around the unexplored world of those men who join the transgender community for their livelihood and transforms to a whole new avatar. Jenana ia a tale of the flourishing ‘industry’ that exists at the traffic signals, the male community who change their socio sexual identity to run their livelihood.

The film stars Saswata Chatterjee, Priyanka Sarkar, Sampurna Lahiri and Rupanjana Mitra along with noted stage theater actor Sankar Chakraborty. Jenana is slated for an official release date of March 11.

In the young director Barshali’s word, “This film will explore Kolkata in a whole new way, where a man is joining the transgender community for his livelihood and that community is called Jenanas. My film begins with Somu who transforms to Sumona, a jenana, narrating his story to an aspiring young director Riya. The film hence revolves around the transgender community and a flourishing business at the traffic signals of the major cities. We had to go through an extensive research work to establish the facts on screen. Whatever we have shown in the film actually happens in real”.

Saswata Chatterjee said on the occasion, “ I was very much surprised and also excited on I was offered the role. This is something I have never done before. Actually no film has ever been made on such a topic. It is very nice to see such an young director coming up with a film which deals with such a mature content.

Sankar Chakraborty will be seen portraying the role of Somu while Saswata will play the second half of Somu’s life when he gets into the attire of Sumana, a jenana.

Actress Priyanka Sarkar will be seen as Riya, the filmmaker, Sampurna Lahiri will be enacting Somu's wife. Well-known musician Debojyoti Misra has composed the music for the film.