Muti Thrishing: The Perfect Girl, 2005
Triple Gem Media and Infotaintment
Directed by : Pelden Dorji, Tshering Gyeltshen
Writer / Producer : Tshering Gyeltshen
Director of Photography / Editor : Pelden Dorji
Cast: Tshering Gyeltshen, Sonam Chuki
National Film Awards, Bhutan, 2005
Best film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script
The Perfect Girl is a social and romantic drama that hinges on the relationship between its two lead protagonists –Rigsel Rigdhen and Dechhen Choden.
Rigsel, a newspaper reporter, is a never say die romantic who is waiting for his perfect love to come into his life. When it finally does, she turns out to be a prostitute.
The film portrays how Dechen became a prostitute, her trials in adjusting to a new life free from commercial sex and how society reacts towards her efforts.
Kinga Om, a health worker said the movie depicted the male-centric society, which, in some parts of rural Bhutan was a serious problem. The dialogues, she said were ‘edgy’ and made people think and face the fact.
“It is good to see a film which brings into open social issues such as drugs and prostitution,” said Sonam Phuntsho, a recent college graduate.
“Surprisingly it was very entertaining although it dealt with such serious issues.”
Some viewers found the two-hour-45-minute film a ‘bit too long’ with the plot dragging in some sections.
According to a lawyer, the movie exaggerates the prostitution issue in Bhutan. “It might give an impression to the outsiders that prostitution is very common in the country,” he said.
The producer of the movie, Tshering Gyeltshen, who is also the actor, writer and co-director told Kuensel that it was challenging to bring up such a sensitive issue on screen.
“As an artist and an entertainer, it is important to cater to people’s taste but at the same time I felt it a duty to bring up subjects that our society is confronting,” he said.
He added that about eight girls turned down the offer to play the main character once they knew that the role was that of a prostitute.
Of the total Nu. 2.8 million spent in making the film, about 35 percent was funded by UN system in Bhutan, Save the Children/USA Bhutan Programme office and SDC/Helvetas Programme Coordination office.
Shot in nine western, central and southern dzongkhags, the film took more than three months and a half to shoot.
copied and pasted from Kuenselonline