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A Konkani cinema from the youth

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: For those who have been lamenting about the decline in demand for regional languages like Konkani, here is a ray of hope.

A group of youngsters at Ernakulam Maharaja's College is making an attempt to give life to their dreams through Konkani.

‘Tiffin Box', a short film made by them, could be termed as a genuine effort by the new generation to preserve and promote the language.

Sreenivasan, a postgraduate student of Islamic History at Maharaja's, who has directed the film, claimed that it could be the first campus short film in the State to be made in Konkani. “We had taken lot of care in presenting the nuances of the Konkani language in the script. The story starts developing from a space familiar to the Konkani language and its tradition,” he said.

Tiffin Box narrates the varied emotions in the life of Hari, a youngster who is working as an executive in a leading private bank in the city. Sreenivasan, who has also written the script for the movie, said the short film portrays the personal and professional pressure that he faces in daily life. “We have tried to present the story in a different style,” he said.

U. Madhu, a student of B.A. Islamic History, has penned the story for the film.

“We shot at locations in Palluruthy, Fort Kochi and Willingdon Island. Majority of the technicians and actors are students of the college. This is a team effort,” he said.

Mr. Sreenivsan said they plan to release the short film by the end of May. “We are hopeful of seeking support from people who wish to save Konkani language from extinction.

The movie is a short but meaningful effort towards creating awareness on the language among the public,” he said. More details about the work can be had from devanagiricreations@

gmail.com.

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