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Sundari: An Actor Prepares

  • 29 mins
  • 70%
  • 12+
  • India FlagINIndia
  • 1998
  • Documentaries
  • Foreign

Sundari: An Actor Prepares is a film based on the autobiography of Jayshankar Sundari, the legendary female impersonator of Gujarati stage in early 20th century Bombay. Sundari literary means beautiful in feminine gender. He earned that title for his rendition of Desdimona in Othello, at the age of 12. Centered around the works of eminent painters Bhupen Khakkar and Nilima Sheikh and theatre director Anuradha Kapur, the film documents the process of his journey from a boy to a man and simultaneously from a male to a female, in the context of contemporary gender discourses and politics of acting.