Admitted at Rajasthan International Film Festival 2019


As 2019 onsets, the much spoken – about Documentary “Admitted” – A biographical docudrama on the controversial life of Dhananjay Chauhan – the first transgender student of Panjab University, and a leading social activist, directed by acclaimed film maker Ojaswwee Sharma, marks its “Official Selction” at the prestigious Rajasthan International Film Festival RIFF 2019.

The film would showcase it’s first Rajasthan premiere at the 5th Rajasthan International Film Festival ( 19-23 Jan. 2019 ) at INOX, Insignia , Jaipur, Rajasthan , India.

Admitted has embarked “7 Official Festival Screenings” and “1 Public Screening” till date across India and United States.

As quoted by the festival on it’s official twitter handle:

As quoted by the Festival Director (RIFF2019) Mr. Somendra Harsh on his official facebook account:

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As on date, the film has been a part and success acclaim from
1. Rajasthan International Film Festival RIFF 2019 (JAIPUR)
2. NFDC Film Bazaar 2018 (GOA) 2018
3. Jagran Film Festival 2018 (MUMBAI) 2018
4. Bioscope Global Film Festival 2018 (AMRITSAR)
5. New Delhi Film Festival 2018 (NEW DELHI)
6. Independent Talents International Film Festival 2018 (UNITED STATES)
7. Tarang – Delhi Queer & Theatre Film Festival 2018 (NEW DELHI)

“Admitted has officially been supported by the Canadian High Commission in India, Mr. Nadir Patel” and has received acclaiming laurels with
Winner “BEST DOCUMENTARY” at Bioscope Global Film Festival 2018 (AMRITSAR)
Nominated “BEST FILM” at Independent Talents International Film Festival 2018 (UNITED STATES); in a span of less than 6 months.

Directed by the award winning filmmaker Ojaswwee Sharma, “Admitted” portrays Dhananjay’s hardships and efforts, as a transgender, which have proved to be landmarks in the life of present and future transgenders. It is an emotional journey, which will hopefully reach out to millions and sensitize people on the battles of the third gender, especially in developing nations. This film is the foundation to a brighter future, where the society welcomes people of all genders with open arms and supports their right to live a life of their own choosing, and the role of education to ensure a sustainable and dignified life.

The film was formally announced at a Press Conference held in Chandigarh Press Club on 22nd August, 2018 last year, and held is first world screening at the Law Auditorium, Panjab University on 17th September 2018.

About Admitted

Admitted is a a striking, uplifting journey of five decades to become the first Transgender student of Panjab University.
Admitted is a biographical docudrama on the controversial life of Dhananjay Chauhan – the first transgender student of Panjab University in India – her life journey with thrust on education along with gender identification, dilemmas and expression in personal life.

Who is in the film?
Based on, and featuring Mx. Dhananjay Chauhan, the docudrama has been directed by Ojaswwee Sharma, and is his major feature-length film this year.
An inspiration for the present and upcoming generation of transgenders, the film features eminent Ex-Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh; Ex- Addl. Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh; Ex-Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University; eminent Department Heads of Panjab University; Government Colleges and Schools; popular and notable RJs and Journalists of Chandigarh from various media houses; academicians; researchers; and the common observant man.

What the film talks about? (Issues)
· Coming out of the closet
· Self Identification, Gender Expression, Gender Role
· Acceptance by the family, society and institutions
· Enabling environment of the Panjab University so far
· The road taken to live life with dignity – education
· Why is education important?
· Measures taken by institution, the government and the people.
· “A wonder-woman on a mission” to education
· Education alone can help solve a lot of problems; this can be made possible only when everyone comes together
· Outlining Human Rights
· All encompassed through Dhananjay’s self-narrated journey

Director’s Statement
“This docudrama is close to my heart as this testing journey unfolded right in my home town. Everyone chants about an all-inclusive society but do we give even a fraction of choices and rights we enjoy to the third gender? Being ‘different’ is a handicap in itself. ‘Admitted’ explores the journey of a ‘different wonder woman’ who rose above stigma, self loathing and self denial aiming at the life of dignity for herself and also hundred thousands more who just because of their orientation are denied a respectful living. Panjab University is the first in the country to recognize and ‘admit’ third gender in their own right to give them the right to education that alone can solve a significant volume of challenges faced by the transgenders. At 2 hours 06 minutes, its one riveting tale of courage, determination and the will to become what you want to be!”, Ojaswwee Sharma

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