David Atkins' Queens Destiny of Dance (2011) Bollywood Film Takes a Different Look at India's Hijra Community


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[Queens! Destiny Of Dance - Poster]Calcutta, April 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Queens Destiny of Dance is the first Bollywood movie which portrays Hijras in a different yet a realistic approach. The story is told through the eyes of a young hijra named Mukta - the archetype of hijras - beautiful, the best dancer in the community, a natural leader whom all the other ‘girls’ look up to. This film aims to reveal a journey of life in human experience that is seldom understood. Even more, it is made with the honest efforts to show such lives in a better light. And through this film we hope to celebrate a way of life in every colour through dance of destiny.

The film is slated to have a release date of  April 29, 2011.

Queens Destiny of Dance is written and directed by David Atkins and stars Seema Biswas, Veneeth, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Raz Zutshi, Archana Gupta, Uvika Chaudhary and Hema Malini. The film is produced by Vipul V.Bangera.

Note: "Hijras" are physiological males who adopt feminine gender identity, women's clothing and other feminine gender roles. Hijras have a long recorded history in the Indian subcontinent, from the Mughal Empire period onwards. Their history features a number of well-known roles within subcontinental cultures, part gender-liminal, part spiritual and part survival. (wikipedia)

Synopsis

QUEENS! – Destiny of Dance is a film which takes one into the heart of an up-market hijra community run by a lovingly-firm mother-figure called Guru Amma. The story is told through the eyes of a young hijra called Mukta – the archetype of hijras – beautiful, the best dancer in the community, a natural leader whom all the other ‘girls’ look up to, and potentially the next Amma of the community. That is….until the entry of a total stranger into their midst – a young 16-year old whom Amma names Nandini. Right from the outset Nandini is an enigma and a mystery – where has she come from? Who has sent her (if at all)? And the purpose of her coming? And what really is she? Is she in actual a goddess as Amma resolutely believes her to be? Is she a female? Is she male? Is she a hijra? The mystery persisits throughout. However, with Nandini’s coming, things start going drastically wrong in the community, which ultimately compels Mukta to pursue the truth. And this is when worse events begin to unfold, which swiftly move upwards to a tense-ridden and shocking climax where the price that Mukta must pay is both exacting and terrifying!

Although this is Mukta’s story, it cannot be told without the pivotal characters of both Guru Amma and Nandini whose vital roles subtly interweave through the heightening events to ultimately bring about the unforeseen and eventual denouement.

Further, this film aims to reveal a journey of life in human experience that is seldom understood. Even more, it is made with the honest efforts to show such lives in a better light. And through this film we hope to celebrate a way of life in every colour through dance of destiny!

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