Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish
|Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish|
Theatrical poster of the film.
|Directed by||Rituparno Ghosh|
|Produced by||Shree Venkatesh Films|
|Written by||Rituparno Ghosh|
|Starring||Rituparno Ghosh |
|Music by||Debojyoti Mishra|
|Edited by||Arghakamal Mitra|
Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish is a 2012 Bengali-language film written and directed by Rituparno Ghosh. The film premiered on 25 May 2012 at the New York Indian Film Festival. The film is based on the story of Chitrāngadā from the Mahābhārata. It tells the story of a choreographer who is struggling with his gender identity.
Rudra Chatterjee has spent his life going against social convention. As a young man he defied his father's wishes, and became a choreographer instead of an engineer. As he prepares with his team to stage Tagore's Chitrangada, he meets Partho, Jisshu Sengupta who is a drug-addict percussionist introduced to the team by the main dancer Kasturi Raima Sen. Soon, Rudra develops a chemistry with Partho and they are deep into a passionate love affair. During the course of their relationship, they decide to adopt a child. But there is one problem: same-sex couples are not permitted to adopt children. So Rudra decides to go through a gender change treatment to embrace the womanhood he longs for. But will this surgery change his life and fulfill all his long-cherished dreams? The story ends with the line 'Be What You Wish To Be'. The movie comes out with the message that it's your wish to choose your gender. The movie was a great success with the first class acting of Rituparno Ghosh and other casting crew. The movie exhibits the struggles and day-to-day life of a transgender choreographer and his father and mother. It becomes an inspiration to a million for the acceptance of all people in the society and it also becomes an inspiration to the people who can relate themselves with Rudra.
- Rituparno Ghosh as Rudra "Khokon" Chatterjee
- Jisshu Sengupta as Partho, the percussionist
- Anjan Dutt as Subho
- Anashua Majumdar as Rudra's mother
- Deepankar De as Rudra's father
- Raima Sen as Kasturi
- Kaushik Banerjee as Manish
- Sanjoy Nag (cameo appearance) as Rahul (Rudra's ex-boyfriend)
Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 
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- "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.