Rituparno Ghosh's Chitrangada (2012) WBRi Bengali Movie Review: The Son who wants to be a Daughter

Rituparno GhoshKolkata, September 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Rituparno Ghosh and Jisshu Sengupta are back at the Box office with their latest flick Chitrangada after the success of their last movie Aarekti Premer Golpo. The film is presented by Shrikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni under the banner of Shri Venkatesh Films Pvt Ltd.

The film starts with a scene that shows Rudra Chatterjee nicknamed Khokon (Rituparno Ghosh) in a hospital. Rudra has established a name in his chosen career in choreography without the consent of his parents (Dipankar De and Anasua Majumder). He performs passionately in his production Chitrangada - the dance drama about the princess of Manipur who later wants to become pretty and enchanting after meeting Arjun.

For the production, a percussionist Partho (Jishu Sengupta) is introduced to Rudra by Kasturi (Raima Sen) for playing drums for their drama. Partho and Rudra develop a romantic relationship culminating in Rudra generating controversy all around by considering a sex change procedure. His parents, already shocked by a son who they wanted to be a professional but who finds more pleasure dancing on the stage as a woman, are now confronted by the son wanting to be a daughter.

Watch the rest of the fascinating story unfold on the silver screen.

Jishu Sengupta, Rituparno Ghosh in Chitrangada (2012) Press Meet

Arghyakamal Mitra has succesfully edited the non-linear film such that the audience has no trouble relating between the time-frames and grasp the importance of prior incidents.

Anjan Dutta plays a counselor of Rudra who later turns out to be imaginary.

The film is a landmark in the acting department. Rituparno Ghosh delivers his most powerful acting performance seen so far. Anjan Dutta is spectacular, as are Dipankar De and Anasua Majumder. Jishu Sengupta is a revelation - Chitrangada is easily among his best acting stints so far.

Raima Sen is maturing remarkably well and her confidence and delivery leave little to be desired in Chitrangada.

Chitrangada deals with the very sensitive subject of homosexuality and how society looks at it and deals with it. It is more than just anothere gay / LGBT themed Bengali movie in the series of such films being made recently.

Stellar performances and thoughtful handling makes one think and feel about aspects of any society that most people usually shy away from. Rituparno Ghosh should continue to be revered for this film.

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