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Pankh (2010)

After maturing, a Bollywood child artiste longs to act as an adult.

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Nandini
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Mary D'Cunha
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Brahmanand
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Peter D'Cunha
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Mrs. Phadnis
Kiran Karmarkar
Johny Bakshi
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Jerry Gabriel D'Cunha / Jai / Baby Kusum
Amit Purohit
Sanjeeda Sheikh ...
Kusum Phadnis
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PANKH Director's take: Cinema within cinema has always fascinated filmmakers all across the globe. The film industry of each country has characteristics peculiar to their culture. That is what distinguishes them, makes them intriguing and anecdotes associated with each industry in a specific cultural context naturally lend themselves to interesting tales. 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 ... Written by Anonymous

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The movie is reportedly based on the case of child actor Ahsaas Channa, who even though born a girl passed off as a boy in 2 major movies, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) and Vaastu Shastra (2004) See more »

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Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Lyrics by Sudipto Chattopadhyay
Music Director Raju Singh
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Not a pleasant watch but an eye-opening film
4 June 2010 | by (San Jose, CA, US) – See all my reviews

This film is the, I believe, true story of award-winning child artist Jerry (aka Baby Kusum), who was a boy forced to play girls' characters by his mother. The movie has been presented in such an abstract fashion, that it had me as confused as the protagonist for the majority of the time. However, looking at it from a bigger perspective, it is a very shocking and eye-opening exposition of how dark, tragic, and mortifying the life of Jerry and numerous other child artists victim to this practice must have become in regards to their sexual identity and orientation as they grew into adolescence. A well-made and intended film, but a bit too abstract, ghastly, and vulgar for me.


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