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A brief movie that breaks stereotypes

A brief movie that breaks stereotypes

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Titled Vamsama Paasama, the movie is the brainchild of trainer, counsellor, and theatre practitioner Sujatha Balakrishnan

Titled Vamsama Paasama, the movie is the brainchild of trainer, counsellor, and theatre practitioner Sujatha Balakrishnan

Sujatha Balakrishnan describes herself as “64 years younger”. She sounds chirpy and her voice oozes power. Sujatha dons many roles. She is a spouse, mom and grandmother, and professionally, she is a trainer, counsellor and theatre practitioner. In 2014, she began Theatre For Change.

“The intention was to make use of theatre to handle points and create consciousness of our social duty,” says the trainer, who educated within the US to be a counsellor. “I volunteered in a college there and noticed that youngsters with particular wants had been an natural a part of the society. Even a baby on a wheel chair attends an everyday college. We have to be taught this stuff from the West and never simply ape the unsuitable issues.”

A still from the film

A nonetheless from the movie

Sujatha goes on so as to add: “We usually assume that youngsters with particular wants lack feelings and emotions. We’re so unsuitable. Once I returned to India, I’d at all times ask myself, why can they not attend common faculties and develop into an natural a part of our society? I’m not towards particular faculties. They’re doing a superb job. Such faculties, nonetheless, are likely to isolate the kids from the remaining. And as a psychologist, I really feel that impacts them,” says the counsellor, who has been aggressively preventing for the inclusion of particular youngsters into the principle stream.

“We spoke about that in our pilot mission, a skit titled UdaanI, which was staged on the Orion Mall amphi theatre. We additionally roped in a borderline autistic baby to play the protagonist as I felt it was not proper to get another person to play the half. We confronted ridicule for that selection, however we had been adamant. Even the viewers was amazed on the good job that the kid did”.

Her newest mission is a Tamil movie, Vamsama Paasama. “It means love or lineage in Tamil. The movie portrays the challenges confronted by the protagonist, Lakshmi, in a patriarchal society. The movie rejects the parable that folks attain moksha and the lineage grows provided that a male baby lights the funeral pyre of the lifeless guardian. The protagonist additionally has an abusive childhood and but musters the braveness to dwell life on her phrases.”

The movie, Sujatha says is loosely based mostly on her life. “Once I misplaced my father, I used to be informed to not go to the crematorium. Being a insurgent, I not solely went to the crematorium but additionally lit the pyre with my brother. I stated I used to be equally my father’s daughter and had the suitable to gentle his pyre. That was my first act of defiance. I’m not a hardcore feminist, however I do imagine in gender equality.”

Sujatha, was honored with a Lifetime achievement award by Ooruni Basis for her work.

The making of the film

The making of the movie

A lot of the themes she tackles on stage and display are concepts practiced by her and her household, she says. A lot of the solid contains actors from the Bengaluru theatre fraternity. The brief movie has been chosen to be streamed on-line although the dates are but to be introduced.

Being a psychologist additionally helps, Sujatha says because it teaches you to take heed to the opposite facet of the story too.

Other than Sujatha, the movie options Lakshmi Sunil, Sridhar Ramanathan and Chand Belani and is directed by Lakshmi Sunil. Vasudha Prahalad is the cinematographer and the movie is produced by Chand Belani Productions and Theatre for Change.

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