Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish

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Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish
Chitrangada The Crowning Wish.jpg
Theatrical poster of the film.
Directed byRituparno Ghosh
Produced byShree Venkatesh Films
Written byRituparno Ghosh
StarringRituparno Ghosh
Jisshu Sengupta
Music byDebojyoti Mishra
CinematographyAbhik Mukhopadhyay
Edited byArghakamal Mitra
Release date
Running time
135 minutes
Budget1 crore

Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish is a 2012 Bengali-language film written and directed by Rituparno Ghosh. The film premiered on 25 May 2012 at the New York Indian Film Festival.[1] The film is based on the story of Chitrāngadā from the Mahābhārata.[2] It tells the story of a choreographer who is struggling with his gender identity.


Rudra Chatterjee has spent his life going against social convention. As a young man he defied his father's wishes, and became a choreographer instead of an engineer. As he prepares with his team to stage Tagore's Chitrangada, he meets Partho, Jisshu Sengupta who is a drug-addict percussionist introduced to the team by the main dancer Kasturi Raima Sen. Soon, Rudra develops a chemistry with Partho and they are deep into a passionate love affair. During the course of their relationship, they decide to adopt a child. But there is one problem: same-sex couples are not permitted to adopt children. So Rudra decides to go through a gender change treatment to embrace the womanhood he longs for. But will this surgery change his life and fulfill all his long-cherished dreams? The story ends with the line 'Be What You Wish To Be'. The movie comes out with the message that it's your wish to choose your gender. The movie was a great success with the first class acting of Rituparno Ghosh and other casting crew. The movie exhibits the struggles and day-to-day life of a transgender choreographer and his father and mother. It becomes an inspiration to a million for the acceptance of all people in the society and it also becomes an inspiration to the people who can relate themselves with Rudra.



Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards [4]


  1. ^ "NYIFF 2012 Centerpiece : Chitrangada". New York Indian Film Festival. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. ^ Ganguly, Ruman (27 July 2012). "Rituparno's Chitrangada to premiere at film festival". Times of India. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ "'Chitrangada' Indian premier at Osian festival". IBN Live. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.

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