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Chitraganda: The Crowning Wish, is a lusciously lit and deeply personal drama about a choreographer considering a gender-reassignment surgery. The film also explores insights into how gender expression can affect families.

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Crowning wish!!
2 November 2012 | by (Goettingen, Germany) – See all my reviews

'Chitrangada - a crowning wish!' Chitrangada is a story of wish. The film correlates the real materialistic daily life with Tagore's Chitrangada. Our identity is our wish which we can choose. Likewise you can choose your gender. The philosophy is ground to the earth but at highest level of thinking. The movie is very out of the box, as always like other movies of the Rituparno Ghosh.

Rabindranath Tagore was motivated with the character Chitrangada from Mahabharata. He modifies the character and gives a rebirth into a different Chitrangada. The character became an identity wisher. Chitrangada was the princess of the Manipura. She was born phenotypically female. Although a boon from Lord Shiva to the king of the empire was the royal family will only have sons to keep the heir. So the king considered Chitrangada as son. And taught her all warrior and masculine attitudes. At one very particular day of monsoon when Chitrangada was at the forest for hunting, the Arjuna came to Manipur continuing is Brahmacharya. He saw her fighting like a man and he was very impressed and ingrained. But when Chitrangada saw Arjun she got melted into! That scenario turn her wish to love Arjun. So her wish to become a proper beautified woman! The lord of sex gave her boons and she turned into a very attractive and appealing woman. They loved each other but the king of Manipur did not allow their offspring (son) to not to go to the Empirer of Arjuna. This is the story of Chitrangada!

In real life we sometimes feel of making ourself to become more masculine or more feminine. Think about the other way around. It is not unnatural that you don't feel sometimes to switch your sexual identity. Chitrangada is conditioned to be a man! But she turned herself into woman! Our nature makes us very ourself and very natural. Story in reality demands the same. But we can not really accept the truth! Although the constrained reasons are not really defined. At the end, the film says its your wish how would you wish to be!

A definitely must watch movie to take society to a different level of essence!


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