Bahurupi-Trading faces
Documentary, Gujarati (with English subtitles)
Duration: 9min 16sec
Dir: Binita Gajjar
Guide: Nina Sabnani
Traditionally, Bahurupi artists take on the multiple identities to entertain their viewers.
He enacts different identities by concealing his own identity. A person’s personality has
been structured by many social identities. We like to believe that we possess few facets
while we portray various others.
Bahurupi artist Bansilal Dave and his sons have been in this profession for years. They
have taken up the performance art form as a vocation and enjoy playing the multiple
facets in day to day life.
Bahurupi Dilipbhai Dave and Bahurupi Ravibhai Dave are among the artists of today’s
urban times, who modernize their impersonations according to their audience needs and
make a conscious effort to pursue a structure to fabricate their every imitation.
These artists relate their art form with the possession of multiple identities in every
human being.
This documentary film is about the phase of impersonation where an individual’s identity
transforms to that of a Bahurupi.

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