Between The Lines - India's Third Gender leaves one with deep thoughts
on why does one wants to go for a sex change, or live in a life of the
Viewers will be exposed to the world of Hijras (eunuch) through the
eyes of Anita Khemka, a female photographer, where she introduces the
lives of 3 Hijras: Laxmi, Asha and Rhamba.
Laxmi is a dance instructor who prostitutes himself to earn an extra
income. He was loved by the people around him, and he is contended with
his life, even though he faces discrimination by some people around
him. (Note: I uses 'he' as he has not went through the castration
ceremony, and he will not be going through the ceremony.) Asha is an
former prostitute who now goes begging on the streets, and drowns
herself in alcohol whenever she is upset. Bearing a painful childhood,
Asha has been living in a life she had never wanted to.
Rhamba lives in a temple with the other Hijras and she perform blessing
ceremonies and exorcism for a token sum of fee. She is contended with
what she had, and wish to be reborn as a Hijra in her next life.
In the 95 min documentary, viewers will not only be presented with
their daily life, but also on their thoughts on being a hijra, love and
relationship, families and sex. This explores the other side of a life
of the hijras living in poverty. (in fact, only a little number of
hijras could be as fortunate as Laxmi, who is not only able to support
himself financially, but also getting the acceptance of his parents.)
Between The Lines is one of the documentaries that is not only rare,
but thought provoking.
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