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Movie with a twist

A movie by two IITians highlights the plightof a mother whose child suffers from Cerebral Palsy



Looking at lifeVegitha Reddy and Aman Tripathi

Movies and scripts focussing on people suffering from an ailment are common. In such movies, the attempt is to bring out the angst of the protagonist. There is another one in the offing — Spandan.

But Spandan is a social family drama with a difference. It has a love story, a marriage, a married life and a dream of a happy family with children. However, the dream goes awry when the couple discovers their second daughter has Cerebral Palsy. This situation goes on to raise ethical, economical and social dilemmas in their life.

Directed and produced by two IITians Vegitha Reddy and Aman Tripathi under FilmLila Entertainment, the movie mostly deals with the emotions of the mother. Vigetha and Aman who are from the same university wanted to work on a project like Spandan and started a production house called FilmLila Entertainment. Aman, says, “Every movie so far dealt with the patient and the emotions of the parents come by the way.”

Calling it the first movie of its kind, Aman also explains how two IITians thought of directing and producing a social drama. “While pursuing our IIT we did an entrepreneurship programme. Added to this we had a bit of theatre experience. As a student in University of Hyderabad where I pursued my M.A., I happened to try my hand in plays and acting as well,” explains Aman.

To avoid making the movie a complete sob story, the directors and producers have decided to keep it as real as possible, without playing too much on the emotion and the pains of the child.

Aman adds, “The contradictions between their hopes and reality threaten to disrupt their marriage as well. Spandan is the story of the transformation through rejection, inclusion, acceptance and ultimately optimism and fulfilment. In the end it is a vibrant, happy and visual film meant to be a wholesome family entertainment.”

Spandan is also message-driven as it talks of a society that considers itself fair, just and ethical depending on how its special citizens are taken care of. This movie delves into such issues.

It highlights the dilemmas that parents have to face on a day to day basis in order to raise their child to be self reliant and participatory in the society. Finally this movie is definitely about determination, courage and commitment.

The movie is slated for August release.

PRABALIKA M. BORAH

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