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Porichoy trailer: A reunion changes two friends' definitions of identity and self-respect

Directed by Promita Bhowmik, the short film stars Sudipta Chakraborty and Koneenica Banerjee.

Roushni Sarkar

In the trailer for Promita Bhowmik’s short film Porichoy, a reunion after 15 years changes two friends’ perspectives on identity and self-respect. While the character essayed by National award-winning actress Sudipta Chakraborty comes across as a liberated woman who owns her choices in terms of defining respectability, Koneenica Banerjee's character questions whether she has been conditioned for too long to remain unaware of her true identity.

At an intimate meeting after 15 years, Anuradha (Banerjee) is baffled to learn that her college friend Sreya (Chakraborty) is now a sex worker. Anuradha represents that section of society which refuses to respect a woman who has consciously decided to sell her body.

Sreya’s unapologetic attitude about her profession shakes Anuradha and her vulnerable self pushes her to ask Sreya whether she is respected in society.

Anuradha's bafflement grows when Sreya asks her the same and reminds her that for society, women are just a bundle of flesh, irrespective of their professions in a domestic environment or outside.

The trailer ends with Anuradha facing the question whether she is aware of her identity at all, despite being married into a 'respectable' household. In the wake of this self-realization, it also becomes apparent that she has led a life that in many ways hasn't been fulfilling.

In the trailer, there is not a single frame in which the two friends' faces are seen at once, which serves to show that Sreya and Anuradha are not on the same page in life. While Sreya’s statement on how society generally regards women shows that she is bitter internally, Anuradha is yet to make her journey to discover her identity.

Porichoy is slated for release after Durga Puja. Watch the trailer below and let us know if you are keen to watch this short film.