Nagarkirtan on Hoichoi, with Riddhi Sen and Ritwick Chakraborty: A tender, sensual, beautifully acted drama about unconventional love

Posted on July 22, 2020


The director equates this “unconventional” love story between two men to the one between Radha and Krishna. They’re both Krishna. And they’re both Radha.

Spoilers ahead…

Kaushik Ganguly’s Nagarkirtan centres on two people, two states of mind. First, there’s Parimal (Riddhi Sen), a young man who feels he belongs to the opposite gender. He runs away from home — from a father who sneers that he walks and talks “like a woman” — and takes shelter in a colony of transpeople in Kolkata. He begins to wear a wig of long hair. He wears a bindi. He wears female clothes, including a bra. He claps his hands at traffic signals and asks for money. The film’s other central character works the roads, too. His name is Madhu (Ritwick Chakraborty). He’s a fast-food delivery guy and a part-time flautist, and he falls for Parimal. He knows Parimal is a boy/man, and he doesn’t seem to have self-identified as gay or bi. And yet, there it is, this attraction, because… kuch kuch hota hai. That’s the song (that film’s title song) Madhu plays on his flute when Parimal is around. Kuch kuch hota hai: something happens to me when you come near.

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