Hyderabad: Twenty-six-year old short filmmaker Jayshankarr is having mixed emotions. While his short film Half Girlfriend has been an instant hit on YouTube, he believes that some malicious elements from the city’s short film circuit flagged it down to stop the film from rising up the charts.
“I uploaded it on November 1 and within two days I had close to 80,000 hits. And it was trending on India’s YouTube top videos chart. But someone who couldn’t handle the film’s success flagged it and I lost all the hits. But then after re-uploading it, the hits are back on track and the video continues to trend,” he says.
The movie, however, “has nothing to do with the Chetan Bhagat book,” he adds. The film is about a youngster who calls a sex worker home. Despite the premises of the story, the conversations and the cinematography are not distasteful.
“The conversation between the boy and the girl is not vulgar, it is at a argumentative and philosophical level,” he says.
The movie is also heavy with symbolism, from Sigmund Freud on coffee cups, the Chetan Bhagat book What Young India Wants, to carefully placed frames of cigarettes in the narrative. The movie ends with a reflection on Karma.
“Yes, I intended to show the effects of bad habits, be it drinking, smoking or making bad decisions Instead of making it preachy, I made it entertaining, that’s all,” he says....