Pune: City boy Ajay Patil, first-year student of the MIT School of Film and Television who has produced a short film ‘Yakshika’, has been shortlisted for the 6th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival (DSIFF) 2017 scheduled for screening on October 29.
The 10-minute short film is themed on domestic violence, which is demonstrated using the superstitious believes of people in society. The female protagonist in the film pretends to be possessed by ‘Devi’ to shield herself from the domestic violence at her in-laws home.
“I had to make a year-ender film project and I chose to touch upon the oldest plague of our society, domestic violence. Many have represented domestic violence in different ways, I wanted to give it a different angle,” said Patil.
“I read and followed Narendra Dabholkar’s articles and documentaries on superstition beliefs in society from which I picked the idea to merge both factors of society. In this film the woman acts as possessed so that she can protect herself from the violence suffered from her husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law. Her family members start worshiping and stop ill-treating her because she has ‘Devi’ in her body,” said Patil.
This film also demonstrates the mother-son bonding. When the mother confides to her son regarding what is happening to her, he empathises with her.
Speaking about his achievement to receive a nomination at the short film festival Patil said, “It is truly overwhelming and unexpected as the film was made as a part of the year-ender project assignment. Also it is in Marathi. I am happy that my portrayal of a grave issue in our society; domestic violence has been perceived in proper sense and has conveyed the right message.”