On Monday 5th May Piyush Roy gave the following introduction to the Indian film Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish (2012). It is one of contemporary Indian cinema’s most empathetic engagements with gender expression and trans-experience.
A son contemplates changing his gender because it will allow him to adopt a baby with his male lover. But how does he take into confidence his parents, and the society around. His mother offers, “I gave birth to this body, which is yours… I have a right to know, whatever goes on in this body. I have a right to know, if it is changing, transforming…” Read more