Your mother has seen it, your mother’s mother has seen it and your mother’s mother’s mother has also seen it; it is the evil of domestic violence. Thousands of years of evolution, hundreds of years of laws and rights and tens of revolts later, how far have we really gone as a society?
The short film, directed by Siddharth. S. Kedare “Remark,” successfully exhibits the noise of domestic violence that has eluded and deafened us for forever now. However, beyond what happens why the more important issue that goes unnoticed and is rather brutally given only a seldom thought to is: what happens to the children in the house that is clouded in the dirty smoke of domestic violence? The impact and result of a disturbed childhood go a long way beyond just some events that take place in the darkness of a supposed silent night.
The movie is shot in a very relatable setting of a noisy classroom, a bunch of kids into a regular conversation of bittersweet friendship; but the focus shifts to a particular kid. The particular kid-Aryan- is a very regular kid to speak of; a schoolboy with his school dress and hair on fleek looks like he belongs to a well to do household and the one who takes the blame for his friends’ mischievous. But what does Aryan say to his teacher that proves him to be not so regular after all?
This movie is a great initiative and an attempt to spread awareness about this practice. For years now, films have been known to be the medium that expresses what is what. Production of movies is an art/ a social process that manipulates expression in the form of a medium and leaves a thought. Digital motion picture production is the opportunity that is capable of giving life form to ideas, emotions, processes, and imaginations. As, for example, huge budget movies like Taare Zameen Par which successfully changed the mindset of every otherwise stereotypical parent who expected their kids to get at least a 90 percent. Or even the low budget and less popular movies like The Lunchbox which imbibed a sense of open-mindedness in people who would otherwise object affection between two grownups; it opened a gateway for all of us towards the importance of belongingness and mutual respect. Directors might have misused the medium but this particular short film of five minutes amongst others of sorts proves that you need a vision and the creativity; the length or the actors don’t matter. If your mother has seen it; if your mother’s mother has seen it and if your mother’s mother’s mother has seen it; all of their children have seen it too.
“A lot goes on behind the smiles.”