(CTN News) – The 2015 short film “It’s Not My Choice” by renowned Manipuri actor and filmmaker Priyakanta Laishram would be the first Indian short film to be converted into Thai.
This cultural milestone aims to bridge the gap between Indian and Thai cinema, captivating spectators with its compelling message.
Priyakanta Laishram, a Manipuri actor and director, made a stunning and thought-provoking short film titled It’s Not My Choice in 2015 to raise awareness about transgender issues.
The film starred Miss International Queen India 2016, Bishesh Huirem, and received considerable appreciation and recognition at numerous film festivals worldwide.
The film made history as the first short film from northeast India to reach 100,000 and then one million views on YouTube in 2017, demonstrating its deep influence on viewers.
Thai filmmaker Tim Chaiyasing was strongly impacted by the film’s message after attending a showing at Rajabhat University in Thailand and announcing its impending Thai version.
Tim, a rising star in the industry, expressed his excitement about bringing the compelling story to his home audience, finding significant similarities between Manipuri and Thai cultures.
Tim emphasised the similarities in traditions, lifestyles, and customs, stating that the video resonated with him and spurred his desire to adapt it to his home language and culture, according to East Mojo.
It’s Not My Choice tells the moving story of Sanathoi, a young transgender person facing rejection of education, harassment, and bullying. Despite the challenges, the video vividly depicts Sanathoi’s journey of perseverance and self-empowerment as she embraces her identity and fights bravely for her rights.
The film’s premiere at Jubilee Hall, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal on September 1, 2015, marked the start of its eventful journey, which included screenings at numerous universities and film festivals, earning significant acclaim.