Rituparno Ghosh is one of the most talented and versatile directors in Indian parallel cinema. If you go through the reviews of the best movies blog, you can see that Ghosh is dexterous in portraying the subtle emotions and complexities of human relationships. He is a master of revisiting Tagore’s works by displaying the nuances of Indian identity in respect to gender liberation, political, cultural and a complex family drama. Let us quickly go through the top 5 cult movies of Ghosh that has smashed the stereotypical norms of the society.
Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish
The film has dealt with emotional intensity and treated gender biasedness from a different angle. The gender expression is bold enough to deliver that our society needs to break the stereotypical norms of the society and accept unconventional relationships which can be intricately formed between two individuals irrespective of their gender. Ghosh also exhibited the myth and fused it with his own plot. The bond between the struggling choreographer who is seeking for her gender role and the percussionist is strikingly beautiful. It showcases the crux of homosexuality, which is portrayed on an open ended note. The choreographer and the percussionists fall for each other and wanted to adopt a child, it was not allowed as they were gay couples. Rudra- the protagonist of the movie sets on for a hormonal change to fulfil her wish. Shall this transformation entirely change his life or he will gain a new insight?
The Festival (Utsav)
The Festival (Utsav) is a complex family drama, displaying different types of emotions emerging from various unique individuals. The backdrop of the plot is set in one of the most famous traditional festivals of Bengal- Durga Puja. Each year the family gathers in their ancestral house and the different shades of complex and delicate emotions can be marked which is usually seen in the middle class society.
Memories in March
Ghosh and Sengupta are bold enough in this film to bring out the concept of sex and gender, dexterously. The film poignantly portrays the role of gender and biological sex which can be altered. The director boldly represents homosexuality in Indian parallel cinema, from a mother’s perception. The film opens on a note of a son’s demise and his mother gets to know about his sexual orientation after his departure. The dialogues are dry and witty, delivered by Rituparno Ghosh. Raima Sen- a colleague and a lover of Ghosh helps her mother to discover from the depression. It can be notably seen whether the demise of the son is more hurting or his homosexuality?
Ghosh’s ‘raincoat’ is inspired from O’Henry’s short story entitled, ‘The Gift of the Magi’. It is a depressing love story of two former lovers who walked off their relationship long back due to irresponsible stances. Both are hay wired and broken emotionally and financially but pretend to live a life extravagantly. The ending note is hauntingly beautiful when the notice that both of them are in an emotional turmoil. They helped each other financially without revealing but the film left no explanations to discuss. Because you can feel the essence of unconditional love!
Rituparna Ghosh is very much concerned about the inequality and social injustice which is prevalent in Indian society. The film showed molestation of a newlywed woman Romita, but is rescued by a school teacher- Jhinuk. Jhinuk becomes famous, as she saved the girl and the media failed to showcase the news of how the woman was molested near a metro station. As the movie progresses, the police and the neighbours did not bother inspect much about the crime but harassed the two women, one who protested and the other who is the victim. The society celebrates if someone rescues and protest against any social odds as the act of normalcy and generosity has evaded, over the years.