Nagarkirtan selected in Indian Panorama section of the 49th International Film Festival of India

Riddhi Sen in NagarKirtan

Nagarkirtan an urban love story of a transgender, directed by Kaushik Ganguly has been featured in the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is to be held in Goa from the 20th to the 28th of November/this month.

NagarKirtan has been selected in the Panorama section along with big screen films like Padmaavat and Mahanati. The section features 26 different films with unique or original stories amongst 22 features and 4 non-feature films.

Nagarkirtan is a simple film exploring the story of Piramal, who is born a boy but eventually understands that he is a woman trapped in the body of a man, who is later called Puti. The social dilemma worsens as Puti falls in love with a flute player, Madhu. The film is not only about Puti’sfate, but it is also about the couple’s journey through devotion to eternal love. It is one of the heart wrenching love stories are lost to social shame and pressure every day due to societal and moral prejudices.

Before its selection, NagarKirtan has won 4 awards at the National Films Awards function 2018-19. It then went on to winning the heart of the critics, making Nagarkirtan the first for any Indian filmmaker to win an award at the Toronto Film Critics Association.“We are honoured to receive 4 national awards and be selected at the IFFI this year. This is my 2nd film with Kaushik Ganguly and he proves to be one of the leading film-makers of our generation in India”. Quipped producer, Joy B Ganguly.

‘NagarKirtan’, is an urban love story of a transgender thatframes the experience of an invisible community which is rarely portrayed in the arena of Indian mainstream cinema. The fabric of the film moves beyond the binaries of a linear and complex narrative and instead brings forth a breath-taking ruthlessness that mirrors the hidden lives and traumas of the Transgender/ Hijra/ Intersex/ gender non-conforming communities.

It embodies the personalexperiences of these communities that are battling through centuries of prejudice and taboo. The community’s lived realities of being caught between questions of vice and virtue, desire and rejection sustains the film’s body narrative – rather precariously – avoids a moral position yet captures the contours of this complexity.

Nagarkiran is the 9th consecutive nomination for director, Kaushik Ganguly making it an Indian record of its kind.Kaushik Ganguly has come a long way after he made his last film, ‘Just another Love Story – Arekti Premer Golpo’. Some of his national and international award-winning films are Shabdo, Laptop, Apur Panchali, Chhotoder Chhobi, Cinemawala and Bishorjon.

Over the years Kaushik Ganguly has delved in the crux of pervading gender issues and acceptance of one’s sexuality in Indian society. The presence of the ‘third sex’ or the transgender community has always been overlooked while it had been constitutionally recognized by the Indian government in 2013. The transgender community has been battling with the mockery by societal predispositions, and the taboo that has been imposed upon them for over centuries.

“I am truly honoured and excited! The celebration of the Freedom of Love will make this year’s IFFI more colourful for sure.” says Director, Kaushik Ganguly. The film beautifully explores the underlining emotion of love and pervading social issues that run parallel alongside. The portrayal of the protagonist is brilliantly justified with the realistic tones used by the make-up artist, Ram Rajak. The costume designed by GobindoMondol, has catalysed Riddhi Sen’s emotions that have been brilliantly captured by Kaushik Ganguly.

The film is currently doing rounds at film festivals and is expected to open in theatres early next year.

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