Hindi Movie - Sudipto Chattopadhyay's PANKH - Bipasha Basu exists only in imagination (Jala Ji Jala Full Song Promo)

Pankh (2009) Indian Hindi Movie PosterMar 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Remember the lover of Gaius Baltar - the blond in a red dress, a Cylon numbered Caprica 6 in the fantastic TV series Battlestar Galactica, and the way it (because "it" is not a "she" but just an android) popped up all the time in the imagination of Balter ?

Indian movie director Sudipto Chattopadhyay creates a similar imaginary and vividly sensuous character in the delusional mind of a male child actor in adolescent and adult stages of his life. Abused and forced by his mother into playing the roles of girls, the child actor grows up to a broken psyche, cross dressing and creating this beautiful sexy sexual partner who lives in his mind.

The role of this sensuous beauty is played by the equally beautiful-in-real-life Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Maradona Rebello plays the role of the confused kid Jerry.

Whitefeather Films' PANKH is directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyaya and stars Bipasha Basu, Maradona Rebello, Lilette Dubey, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ronit Roy, Sanjeeda Sheikh and more. PANKH is produced by Sanjay Gupta.

Watch the popular full song promo video of JALA JI JALA featuring Bipasha Basu from Pankh online:

As reported in many tabloids, PANKH ran into trouble with the Indian Film Censor Board over some bold nude scenes and controversial male kissing scenes. At this time, the issues seem to have been resolved.

Official Synopsis (from Facebook group):

The story of Baby Kusum is such an intriguing and horrifying tale. It is a story about life imitating art in a grotesque and bizarre way. This film seeks to probe into the mechanism that operates behind the creation of dreams. It highlights a phenomenon that was peculiar and exclusive to the Indian film industry--- the practise of casting children in roles opposite to their natural genders. We have had many instances of young girls being cast as boys in films and vice versa. Their screen names used to be changed to suit the gender they were playing on screen. Interestingly, in Raja Harishchandra, the first narrative film made in India, a man portrayed the heroine's role. It was a common practice in Indian theatre till the middle half of the last century, to cast men in women's roles. In cinema however, verisimilitude was sought to a greater degree and hence the entire persona of the performer had to be changed to suit the screen image. It is difficult to ascertain gender of children by their appearance. Their clothes and hairdos often demarcate them. So the practice of casting perky kids, who could deliver effortless performances, in roles that were not representing their own gender, was widely practiced in Indian films.

This film purports to delve into the psyche of one such person who was forced to assume a gender role other than his natural gender and analyses the disastrous consequences that follow and destroy him in his adulthood. Baby Kusum is the story of a boy burdened with a sexual identity not his own. It is about the brutality of a society that imposes superficial gender codes.

It is a story of human suffering and about the tragedy of human predicament. The film tries to explore the complex maze of relationships: the Oedipal, the homosexual, the exploitative. It tears that veil of shame that covers the face of this glamorous profession. Truth stares naked at the face of an audience bred on and allured by the sham of this life.

Baby Kusum explores various spaces - the real space, the mind space, the sexual space and the spiritual space. All stand juxtaposed together and often are intermingled to create panoply of gore and blood, of intensity and brutality, of love and shame. Cinematically it confronts the time space continuum. It conjures and jumbles up the time past, the time present and the time operative, all together within the same mental space. It creates a delusion. It provokes and raises several pertinent questions. But it never ignores basic human emotions. That is where it becomes a moral fable, a pious tale. That is where it connects to the common man.

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