DAAYRAA (1996)

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Alternative titles

  • DARYAA Alternative
  • The SQUARE CIRCLE Alternative
  • DAAYRA Alternative
  • The SQUARE ONE Alternative
  • DAYAARA Alternative


Set in Orissa a part of India where it is common for men to play the part of women in street theatre. The word Daayraa signifies boundaries - in this case social codes of behaviour. The story centres around one such man, who now that his profession has become almost obsolete, crossdresses and lives as a woman. On his travels he comes across a young bride-to-be who had been kidnapped and subsequently raped by some louts targeting her for work in a brothel. He takes her under his wing and persuades her to dress as a man. On the road, they realise that their feelings for each other have grown. When they finally reach her village, she is spurned by her family and friends and driven out to be rescued by her transvestite friend. They realise that what they feel for each other transcends issues of gender. First in a trilogy of films dealing with issues of sexuality and accepting people for what they are.

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