New Bengali Film Jenana Premieres in Kolkata; Debutant Director Barshali Weaves a Touching Tale on the Lives of Transgenders by Choice



“Look! Look! I, Priyanka and Sampurna are all dressed in different shades of pink. This is purely coincidental but surely points out at the fact that we understand each other so well” said debut director Barshali Chatterjee with a laugh. The director was present at the premiere of her debut film Jenana at Navina cinema hall.


Apart from the director, Debojyoti Mishra, Priyanka Sarkar, Sampurna Lahiri, Sitala Ma, Rupanjana, Sankar Chakraborty could be spotted at the premiere of this film.


“We have worked extremely hard on making this film. If the film is liked by the audience and even a slight change happens in the life of the Jenanas, my purpose will be served. Sitala Ma has helped me a lot in the making of this film and my actors and actresses have been hugely supportive” said director Barshali Chatterjee.


Sampurna Lahiri plays the role of Mala in the film. “You will see me in a village girl’s role and my accent will also be different. I hope the audience will appreciate the effort that I have put in becoming Mala” said the actress who looked beautiful in a pink silk sari.


Sankar Chakraborty who is a well known theatre actor is also making his debut in films with Jenana. “I can understand the tension that Barshali is feeling. Even I am feeling the same. I have played similar characters in plays but doing this on the big screen is a huge challenge. Let’s see whether I could live up to the trust that the young director showed in me” said the actor.

The film Jenana is running at single screens and multiplexes all over the city. A good film to watch this weekend!!

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