Guest Info

Pradipta Ray is a queer filmmaker, painter, animation artist, and educationist from Mumbai. As a filmmaker, Pradipta has written and directed three short films; Raat Baki (2011), Eidi-The Gift (2014), and Guy Next Door (2015). 

As a Pre-Production expert, Pradipta has designed looks for several feature films and TV commercials. She is widely known for her work as the chief visualizer/ Storyboard Artist for Bollywood blockbusters such as Rang de Basanti, Heyy Babyy, and Kambakth Ishq. She has directed and designed numerous animated promos for MTV, Star TV, and AXN.

About the Show

Amidst the complex landscape of identity politics, a fresh wave of the non-binary movement is taking centre stage. But what lies beneath its surface? Our perceptions of gender have been deeply ingrained over time, yet when we dissect the societal expectations dictating how genders should behave, we confront a human tendency that poses potential challenges to civilization.

In this engaging conversation, we aim to unravel the complexities of gender and society in contemporary India. Join host Rajan Nazran as he meets with the talented and insightful Pradipta Ray, a social activist, animation artist, filmmaker, painter, and designer from India. Together, they explore the intricate interplay between gender roles and societal expectations, shedding light on the challenges individuals and communities face in pursuing gender equality.

Throughout the discussion, Pradipta examines the deeply rooted patriarchal structures in Indian society that perpetuate harmful stereotypes and unequal power dynamics. She highlights the impact of early gender role assignment on individual freedom and expression, prompting us to question the social norms we’ve long taken for granted.

In this enlightening conversation, we also delve into the Trans-movement, examining how it challenges conventional notions of being a man or woman and opens up new possibilities for understanding gender identity.

Through inspiring examples of movements and initiatives, Pradipta Ray encourages us to challenge traditional gender norms and actively contribute to the ongoing dialogue on gender equality. Join us as we navigate this important conversation and gain valuable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of gender and society in India.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

Introduction music: (Sound Title) – by Steven F Allen

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