Life in Shimla City’ through Vivek Mohan’s thought provoking short films
A view from a washroom and how nothing changes every day but still nothing remains same – “Same Shit different days”. It’s not the Pod but potty that makes you ponder.
SHIMLA- “Subha hoti phir sham hoti hai zindgi you he tmaam hoti hai” – a line that sums up lives of many people especially in Shimla city. Aforesaid statement is well summarized by Vivek Mohan, a filmmaker, in his 3 minute and 30 second short film “Window 171006 (A washroom view from my Zip/pin code)”.
It’s based on a simple yet interesting theme -a view from a washroom and how nothing changes every day but still nothing remains same – “Same Shit different days”. Shot by micro nano technique, the film delivers a message of saying no to drugs as “It’s not the Pod but potty that makes you ponder”.
Another film that one may look forward to is “Haath” – Hands based on short story by Rekha Vishisht. The film features Shreya Sharma (Blue Umbrella fame girl) as the main character. The film depicts story of a girl who fears hands and how eventually she overcomes her mental block and start living a happy life.
Sharing her experience Shreya the leading character of “Haath” said, “It was a good experience. I found the story quite intriguing on the first place and I was curious about how Vivek is going to interpret it into film because it’s in the mental realm. The shoot was quite quick and smooth and everything clicked in the first try itself. It’s the first experimental sort of film I have worked on so it was different and nice.”
Third film lined up for serious audience is a Doc Drama – where over the years predicament of Shimla has not changed and children are still forced to play on Ridge. The film gives a lot for everyone to contemplate on the fact that inspite of having Anna Dale Ground, where first Durand cup football was played in in 1888, children are forced to either stay indoors or play at busy places.
There was time when children even started playing at Takka Bench but the Municipal Corporation in the name of beautification installed a fountain there hence depriving children from a little place that they used to play cricket or badminton at times.
My efforts are always to do something to promote local people and whenever I get an opportunity I make sure do something fruitful for them. These recent films are reflection on problems that we all are facing in the current times and still being engulfed in our own lives we see to ignore. All my life has been changed and still this city hasn’t. The enthusiasm and zeal to do something has been buried under complexes and people are not open to take a look beyond social media. As per me like my film Window will say, “ Karm ker phal ke itcha na ker”, which many of us worry more about and resultantly end up doing nothing at all but I have no plans to give up on children in this city, said Vivek Mohan.