A Premarital Question, a short film that talks about getting medical tests done before marriage, has been gaining the attention of viewers. The short film was uploaded on Youtube by Ashima Theatre Group a week ago and has already received over 60,000 views, apart from trending on other social media platforms.
Delhi-based actress and writer of A Premarital Question, Silky Agarwal, who did her BA in mass communication from Hyderabad, feels this is the first time someone has made a film on the subject.
“My husband and I were looking for a fresh idea to make a short film on. We got tested before getting married. Although very important, this is not a common practice. So we thought why not make a movie about it. Getting medical tests done is as important as matching kundlis before marriage,” says Silky, who has been a part of many plays, theater performances and short films.
“I have been interested in acting since my college. The story-telling part of a play or a film really excites me,” she confesses. Getting medical tests done by both the partners is an issue not really spoken of and even less considered.
A Premarital Question brings out the issue in a simple but thought-provoking way. The film deals with why health and fitness is as important in a marriage as it is to apply for jobs.
Talking about why young couples should consider medical tests before marriage, she says, “There are a lot of misconceptions around this subject. People think asking for a medical test is questioning the sanctity of marriage. But that wouldn’t eradicate possibilities of medical issues after the marriage. So, it is better to get medical tests done before entering a physical relationship.”
Ask Silky about her inspiration and she says, “My husband has inspired and motivated me to be an actress. He has been my mentor and guide.” Recollecting her days spent in the city, Silky says, “I am very fond of Hyderabad. I did a play there while I was in college called 30 days in September. I really like Hyderabadi Hindi.”