Shubhradeep Chakravorty who died on August 25 last year as much of a brain haemorrhage as of the humiliation and harassment from the Central Board of Film Certification and the Hindutva forces, was an extraordinary man who built his extraordinariness through ordinary, frequently rotten, circumstances.
Shubhradeep’s most recent film In Dino Muzaffarnagar has still not received clearance from the Censor Board (Meera Choudhury, his surviving partner, is fighting for it) and was not allowed to be screened after it was made in the run-up to the BJP Modi government coming to power. Once the BJP came to power, the fate of the film was sealed.
Chakravorty was born to Bengali parents and his father, posted in various parts of North India, eventually settled in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh. Shubhradeep fought humiliation and mockery in school because of his eye condition, grew up in the sparse and unimaginative context of eastern Uttar Pradesh, struggling against conservative mores to run a theatre group (he actually started a chapter of IPTA in Faizabad) and with his over-protective mother to eventually run away from small-town Faizabad to big, bad Delhi.