Chitrangada Review: The Suffering For Love
“Will you suffer me?” Is the most poignant love proposal I have ever heard in an Indian movie.
When heroin addict Partho hid his tear-laden face in Rudro’s bosom he appealed to him to accept him with all his flaws, his liabilities and his weaknesses. Unconditionally and unbiasedly. And Rudro did. Trapped in the body of a man, his heart full to the brim with selfless uncontrolled love. So much that he took up the drastic step of undergoing multiple gender change operations to give that one thing that could complete them as a couple – an adopted child.
Like a woman he suffered the stigma and pain alone to be a complete fulfilling partner to Partho. But a woman’s heart understands suffering and not a man’s heart. When in the abyss of pain and personal conflicts Rudro wanted Partho, Partho was embracing a real woman for a future he deemed much better than being with a ‘synthetic’ woman.
Heart broken into million pieces Rudro asked the question -” Will you suffer me?” And there was no reply. No comfort. No promise. Like Chitrangada, born girl raised a boy, while looking for his own real personality Rudro found himself when he took himself away from the hurtful, selfish partner he was ready to die for.
And he found true love in his parents whom he had always shunned and been sarcastic dwelling in his own self pity.
Rituparno Da has so skillfully picked each and every emotion from the relationship that defines the passion and deep burrows of human nature in the face of a less than normal relationship and expectations out of it. It’s possible to suffer a person, his/her shortcomings, his/her reactions, moods. You are ready to suffer to any extent to keep that feeling called love to yourself.
And once that illusion is broken, you suffer no more like Rudro did when he realised the dream with Partho was over and it was time for him to accept his reality with pride.
I really wish we had more of Rituparno School of movies. He breathed life into his characters. He is gone too soon and he is sorely missed.
Shakun Rana Narang is Administrator of Moviemaniacs Facebook Group. The opinions shared by the reviewers are their personal opinions and does not reflect the collective opinion of Moviemaniacs Facebook Group or Learning and Creativity emagazine.
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