Chronicles of Hari

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India | 2016 | 105 minutes | Ananya Kasaravalli

Hari lives in a coastal town in southern India, where he is renowned for his work playing female characters in traditional yakshagana theatre, but as the performance begins to seep into his daily life, Hari finds himself trapped between genders amid a prejudiced society.

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"I often wonder whether I am a man playing a woman, or a woman playing a man. What am I?" In India, in the theatrical style known as Yakshagana, where all the roles are played by men, and female roles go to those actors who are, as one troupe director describes, "so feminine in their gestures and movements people mistake them to be women." Hari (Shrunga Vasudevan) is one such actor, delicate, graceful, and beautiful. But despite frequent accolades, Hari has trouble turning back to male when not onstage, and gradually decides to wear a female dress in everyday life. As rumors swirl, Hari finds himself unloved and unmarriable, casting a heavy burden on their more traditional family who only wish the best for their son. Frustrated with an uncaring world and seemingly trapped between identities, Hari considers leaving town and joining a new troupe, but such decisions can have grave consequences. Based on the short story by Gopalkrishna Pai, Chronicles of Hari is colorful, subtle, and quietly affecting, its focus on transgender issues a rarity in Indian cinema.

Director Biography

Ananya Kasaravalli has a masters degree in filmmaking from L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy in Chennai. She was born into a family of filmmakers and her interest in cinematography came naturally to her. She has had a successful career in acting - films, tv and theater before joining as a student at Prasad academy. As a young director, Ananya has won many awards for her short films Wasiyat Nama and Kappu Kallina Shaitan, and a documentary on trans femininity Beyond Binary. Harikatha Prasanga is her first feature film.

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  • Original Language Title: Harikatha Prasanga
  • Director: Ananya Kasaravalli
  • Principal Cast: Shrunga Vasudevan, K. G. Krishanamurthy
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: India
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Basant Kumar Patil
  • Screenplay: Girish Kasaravalli, Ananya Kasaravalli, Gopalkrishna Pai
  • Cinematographers: Udit Khurana, Balaji Manohar
  • Editors: Mohan Kamakshi
  • Music: Bindumalini Narayanaswami
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Kannada
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Basil Content