A highly depressed and disappointed homemaker — the reason for her disappointment is left to the viewers to interpret — contemplates suicide. At the spark of a phone call from a wrong number, she drops the plan. This is the story of Janaki, the short film directed by Suneesh K. Sukumaran.
What makes the four-minute-long film special is the theme it deals with — a reflection of one of the black days in history — the Babri Masjid demolition. The director made it a point to release the short film on the 25th anniversary of the tragic day. “It’s a day that caused great agony to the entire nation. I’m glad to have released it on the anniversary,” says Suneesh.
Claimed to be the first short film shot using an 8K resolution camera, the movie is made in a single shot. Janaki has Raina Maria playing the only character on screen and Indrajith Sukumaran as a voice actor.
“In a way, Janaki can also be viewed as the depiction of Indian womanhood enclosed within the walls of their households and whose mental agony could result in an immediate emotional outbreak,” he adds.
The short film, scripted by Jubith Namradath and produced by Kevin Alphonse Nathan, was screened at Don Bosco Cultural Centre, Kochi. The cinematography is handled by Manjulal.