Breaking a glass ceiling in the Indian entertainment industry, National Award-winning director Rituparno Ghosh, renowned for films like Chokher Bali (starring Aishwarya Rai), Raincoat (starring Ash and Ajay Devgan) and Antarmahal (starring Abhishek Bachchan, Soha Ali Khan and Jackie Shroff), has now told the media that he is comfortable moving within “the matrix of androgyny”, a clear reference to his increasingly feminine appearances, the most recent of which was at the Kolkata Fashion Week in April.
Well-known for his flowing churidar-kurta outfits, kohl-lined eyes and effeminate demeanour, Ghosh was always accepted for what he is in his home base, Kolkata. But at KFW, he went a step further, walking the runway in unmistakably feminine clothes, wearing a pearl choker round his neck.
It was not, as reported, the look of his character in a new film, where he plays a cameo. It was Ghosh’s decision to appear like that, and in a way, it was an announcement to the world. He also admits that he lost 24 kg to develop his new “curves”.
Kaushik Ganguly, the director of Chhayachobi, says, “Rituda liked the character, which is of a person with a particular sexual orientation”, while they were discussing the script.