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Siddharth Ghosh from Goettingen, Germany
2 November 2012
'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
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