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Of violence and impressionable minds

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The mental transformation of a young boy who develops a fascination for a gun has been deftly portrayed in ‘How to use a gun,’ short film screened in the city on Wednesday.

Scripted and directed by Sajeev Pazhoor, the film sheds light on the threat posed by video games and films featuring crime, violence and use of lethal arms.

Exposure to thoughtless violence has a deleterious impact on children. Parents and academics are yet to realise the dangers of children playing video games and watching films with violent content.

The protagonist, who lives in a skyscraper, is a symbol of children who lead lonely lives in middle-class families where the parents are preoccupied with the problems of life and a yearning to raise the standard of living. They barely get time to share their wards’ concerns.

Haunted by routine chores and loneliness in the evenings, the child finds relief in cartoon films. Occasionally, he enjoys the luxury of playing with a younger friend in the neighbourhood. So profound is the impact of horror films and serials that he often prefers to play Dracula, a character dreaded by his friend.

Lured into the world of violence, he develops a passion for guns and once his wish gets fulfilled through a gift by his father, the child’s character undergoes a complete transformation.

The Internet makes his journey from the world of childish pranks to one of crime and violence easy. Poignant images have been used to portray the swift transition in the child.

Instead of explicitly presenting the social problems thrown up by the invasion of such entertainment into the drawing rooms of nuclear families, Sajeev slowly builds up the change in the child and drives the point home.

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