Prominent cerebral palsy activist Jeeja Ghosh to act in a play based on her life
A play in Bengali on the life and journey of Jeeja Ghosh, who is a social activist with cerebral palsy, will be staged in Kolkata.
The play will be part reality and part fictional, with Ghosh playing herself. It will talk about the stigma and pity that people with disabilities usually face in India, and their fight to gain acceptance.
Ghosh, who graduated from the prestigious Presidency University and later Delhi University, was forced to disembark from a flight in 2012 because the airline said she was unfit to fly alone. She took the airline to court and won a compensation of Rs 10 lakh in a landmark judgment.
47-year-old Ghosh has often said that she does not mind being described as a person with disability.
The play is likely to be called Bristi Bheja Ek Jibone, and will reflect the rains and sunshine in the life of a person with disability.
Ghosh has acted in plays earlier as well. She was part of a stage production called Nirbhaya, based on the brutal gangrape of a Delhi student. A film on a Ghosh's life has also been made and it won top honours at the 64th National Film Awards. Called 'I am Jeeja', the 28-minute documentary, traces her journey since childhood and talks about various aspects of her life.