A Home for My Heart

An intimate portrayal of Sudden Suvana, a transgender, who undergoes Gender Affirmative Surgery in order to gain appreciation as a ‘real woman’. However, this decision creates turmoil in her family, who fear societal backlash. As love remains elusive as always, she realizes that the surgery hasn’t changed her destiny as a transgender, forcing her to reconcile with the reality anew.

  • Sankhajit Biswas
    Director
  • Sankhajit Biswas
    Writer
  • Soumya Mukhopadhyay
    Producer
  • Patralika Mukherjee
    Producer
  • Moupia Mukherjee
    Producer
  • Sudeb Suvana
    Key Cast
  • Santajit Chatterjee
    Music
  • Sukanta Majumdar
    Sound Design
  • Sankhajit Biswas
    Camera
  • Sourabh Kanti Dutta
    Camera
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Hridoy Bosot
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2022

    March 5, 2022
    World Premiere
  • Signs Film Festival, Kerala 2022

    Jury's Special Mention
  • Melbourne Indian Film Festival, 2022

    Australia
  • International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala 2022
  • Liberation Doc Fest, Dhaka 2023

    Bangladesh
  • Wales One World Film Festival 2023
Director Biography - Sankhajit Biswas

Sankhajit Biswas (Sankha) has studied Editing in Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute and has participated in Berlin Talent Campus 2010. Films edited by him are screened in major festivals including Berlin, Toronto, IDFA, Busan, Hong Kong, DokLeipzig, Yamagata, Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA), IFFI Goa and won several awards globally.
He turned to direction with ‘Dui Dhuranir Golpo’ (In-between Days, 2012) that premiered in CPH:DOX 2012 and screened in Yamagata, Docpoint Helsinki, Astra Film Festival, and won Best Documentary Award in Kolkata Film Festival 2014.
‘Hridoy Bosot - A Home for My Heart’, his first feature length documentary, premiered at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2022 and won Jury's Special Mention at Signs Film Festival, Kerala 2022. It has been mentored and pitched at Dhaka Doc Lab 2017, Docedge Kolkata 2019 and Goodpitch India 2020.
Sankhajit currently teaches Editing at Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.

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Director Statement

Ten years ago, while making my first film (‘Dui Dhuranir Golpo’ / ‘In-between Days’) with the transgender community in Kolkata, my aim was to explore the idea of ‘womanhood’ through their eyes. While making ‘A Home for My Heart’ with Sudeb, who has formally become a ‘woman’ through SRS, I was curious to know how people accept her.
The film also deals with the personal, psychological and social vulnerability experienced by transgender individuals undergoing transition. While in some respects, SRS is like any other surgery, but in reality it is not. Surgically transitioning from one’s assigned gender involves a number of legal steps. An account of these steps appears in the newly passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019. The bill itself has been criticized on many issues like subjecting trans people to a long-drawn and potentially dehumanizing sex determination process, rousing protest from the community. However, as SRS becomes legal and the cost of the surgery is reduced significantly, we see a spurt of such cases in recent years without having any clear understanding of the gravity of its consequences on the body and the mind.
After more than two decades of struggle in generating awareness on the LGBTQ+ issues, trans-people are more visible in today’s society. But does it show the real picture of the deep-rooted anxiety and apathy people bear inside their subconscious towards them? I have tried to plunge myself under the skin and explore the layers of complexities the trans-people have with the society, their continuous yearning for love and appreciation.