Social Thriller EVERY 68 MINUTES Screening at Kolkata

News Desk, News Nation 360:  David and Goliath Films present Every 68 Minutes, a hard-hitting short-film that is sure to rile up the conscience as one witness the dark patriarchal underbelly of Indian society. The film has been conceptualised by Lal Bhatia and Imran Zaki of David & Goliath Films in denunciation of the social evils that women are being put through even today. The music by Bickram Ghosh weaves an ambience of suspense and tension throughout the movie. The cinematography of Manas Ganguly and the crisp editing of Arghyakamal Mitra are other highlights of the film. The film also features Bharat Kaul, Arup Ratan Roy, Laboni Sarkar, Chandan Sen & Titas Dutta. The social thriller short film, Every 68 Minutes, directed by Anindita Sarbadhicari and Richa Sharma, Adil Hussain, and Tota Roy Choudhury are the leading actors of the movie. This film has also inaugurated the Global Cinema Festival 2020 in Sikkim as one of its achievement. This festival is an initiative of Film Federation of India (FFI) to take good cinema to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities; especially where there aren’t enough movie theatres and where no film festivals of national or international standing have gone before. Every 68 Minutes is a transformative short film that explores the dark avenues of Indian marriages and the traditions associated with it and the fight of justice versus social malaise. Dealing with the harsh realities of

dowry & domestic violence that reportedly takes the life of one woman every sixty-eight minutes, the film hopes to take the audience to new realizations and bring about a positive change in our society. This film showcases the reality of the tormented times a woman goes through because of dowry. In this film, the protagonist is a well-educated woman and she has travelled a lot for her work after her marriage and she is a victim of dowry system. She wanted help from her father and she told about this torture to her friends but hadn’t told this to the administration or hadn’t taken any legal action against this. She has tolerated everything and at last, she decided to suicide is not the best way expected from her staying at present society. If she was a woman from the village or from any underprivileged, uneducated family, then this way could be accepted. If she has taken some legal actions against that torture and then she failed on that case, then she would choose to commit suicide, it would be the most acceptable ending. In this case, the screenplay and the direction proved a little bit irrelevant. After all, the film has shown the darkest part of the current society. Richa Sharma, Actress of the film told, the silent scars of domestic violence are sometimes the longest to fade. The visible ones are the brutal testimony to what she faces behind closed doors. Every cry of despair from a victim of domestic abuse is a tight slap on the face of humanity. Mothers, daughters and wives are tormented day in and day out due to dowry demands and many a time their closest family turns their back on their pleas and a blind eye to their misery, often ignoring the very real signs of death or suicide. If you are a friend, a neighbour, a colleague, or a bystander of this inhuman crime, please don't hesitate in reporting it and supporting the woman in whatever way you can. Sometimes a little support can give her the strength to fight back.

Pic: Krishnendu Kundu

Report: Anustup Kundu


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