The next Indian film in Channel 4’s latest mini-season (Queer India) will be Chitrangada, a Bengali film that explores the country’s attitudes about homosexuality via a quartet of movies with central gay themes.
Director by the multi-award-winning, and opening gay, Rituparno Ghosh, Chitrangada is a multi-layered story about choreographer Rudra (Ghosh), who is staging a production of Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama based on a tale from the Mahabharata.
While the production is in progress, Rudra falls in love with drug addict Partho (Jisshu Sengupta), who seemingly has no real feelings for the choreographer. Rudra then decides it’s not only his mind that needs to be shaped according to his innermost desires, but his body too. Much to the chagrin of his father, he decides to have a gender reassignment operation.
And that would appear to be the last of the Autumn Bollywood season, if this release is anything to go by (n.b. it’s dates and times are incorrect) after a longer than usual run of films in the late Spring.
• Chitrangada – Thursday 25 October, 01:30 – 03:50