National Award means government accepting sexual minorities: Rituparno Ghosh
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Maverick director Rituparno Ghosh, who won the Special Jury award at the National Film Awards today for Chitrangada, said it is a signal that the government is now accepting sexual minorities.
"This award has been given to non-conventional sexuality. People in India had started accepting it at their individual level but this award to the subject is from the government's side. So it is a signal that they are accepting it," Rituparno told PTI.
Written and directed by Rituparno and also starring him in the lead, 'Chitrangada' is about a homosexual choreographer who is struggling with his gender identity.
He won the special jury award "for his excellent grasp of the medium of cinema and his multi-faceted versatility", sharing the honour with 'Kahaani' star Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Rituparno stated that the award is extremely important because it has been given to his character of a sexual minority rather than him personally.
"I don't see it as my personal achievement at all. We have tried it at our own level so far to highlight non-conventional sexuality but now this has come as a recognition for us," said the winner of eight National Film Awards.
A contemporary interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's eponymous dance drama, the film shows Rituparno's character undergoing a sex change operation so that he and his partner can adopt a child.
Rituparno had previously acted in other films exploring third gender sexuality in Kaushik Ganguly's 'Arekti Premer Golpo' (Just Another Love Story) and Sanjoy Nag's 'Memories in March'.
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