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Eunuch

Eunuch (25), a transgender woman, lives at the edge of a remote coastal village in India. Like most of her kind, she is an outcast, shunned by society and family alike. Thus, her relationship with Mrinal (30), the brother of a powerful politician, can only exist behind a veil; a secret known only to themselves. When he marries a wealthy high caste woman, Eunuch accepts it as her fate and is satisfied with the stealthy rendezvous that continues after his wedding. Yet soon Eunuch realises that their love means little to Mrinal. Overcome by rage and rejection, she kills him.

Eunuch makes her way to Mumbai and Sandeep (19), a friend from the village, helps her settle in. She joins a clan of Kinnar (transgender sex workers) and starts sex work to make a living. With new found acceptance comes a new hope; Eunuch throws herself into a search for her lost sister Malti (13). When Eunuch was nine years old, Malti was trafficked to the city by Hari, a man who had promised to marry Eunuch’s Mother.

The spark of hope is short lived; Eunuch is rejected by the woman whom she believes is the older Malti. She is in despair.

It’s at this point that Mrinal returns. She sings to bring him back to life. Unable to bear his presence but unwilling to lose him once more, she breaks down. To live, she must exorcise his ghost and all that is buried in her past. It is the reappearance of the Hari that sets her off on the path; to recall, to admit, to accept. With acceptance comes repentance. And again, it is her song through which she can travel down the recesses of her dark past and find the thread that connects her to life. She sings for her community and later, for larger crowds; the invisible, condemned and dispossessed millions who pass through our cities each day. They come to hear her, for her experience is theirs. Eunuch becomes a beloved singer.

Credits
Regie und Drehbuch: Udita Bhargava
Produzent: Martin Lehwald
Producer: Stella Wejchert