By Aditya Chakrabarty(27 Dec 2010)
Chapal Bhaduri, the most noted actor of jatra who used to potray woman’s roles though he is a man is the subject of a film being made by Abhiroop Sen, a Delhi based filmmaker.Abhiroop who is openly gay and lives with his cinematographer, Basu has as lot of things in common with Chapal as they are both gay(though Chapal could ever express it and was ridiculed throughout his life)though Abhiroop is much more open in today’s society in his beliefs, his dresses and the way he carries himself. Maybe that is the reason why he is comfortable on making a film on such a subject.Basu is bisexual and his wife is aware about their relationship.Abhiroop always feels that as if he is a woman trapped in a man’s body .There is immense tension between Basu and Abhiroop as Basu is playing a balancing act between Abhi and Rani and their relationship might even snap.
After they begin shooting, strong objections are raised by the media and the people in general when they come to know about the film’s content; they raise a hue and cry about it and the film’s director. The team is forced to seek alternative pastures and are helped by Uday, a France based photographer who offers his ancestral home for the shooting. The crew members of the film also double up as actors in the film .Abhi plays Chapal Rani, Basu plays Kumarbabu, his lover, Uday plays Tushar, one of Chapal’s lovers and Chapal plays himself. There is even a sort of friction between Chapal and Abhiroop on some matters, but it is sorted out later on. When Rani arrives there one day, Basu and Abhiroop separate. There is even a confrontation between Rani and Abhi .Abhi even comes to know that Rani is pregnant and this shocks him though he is happy for the couple. He knows this will make Basu further move away from Abhi.After the shooting gets over, Basu and Rani go away and so does Abhi to their own different places.