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Realities of reality shows on reel

Jamshedpur, April 28: Much has been heard and said about reality shows but little done.

Taking a step to check that children like Shinjini Sengupta do not suffer at the hand of reality show judges, Tathagata Bhattacharjee, an alumnus of DBMS English School, came up with a short film on it.

Bhattacharya, who has to his credit many short films and a Tollywood flick, is exploring the emotion and feelings of the participants and their parents through the film.

“I love making short films especially when those are on social causes. The film (yet to be titled) is based on the trauma of reality shows, its effect on the participants, their parents and ways to overcome the trauma,” said Bhattacharjee, who has directed Antarghat starring Victor Banerjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Debashree Roy.

Bhattacharya thinks that just as reality shows give one instant fame, they bring with it depression for the participants.

“Talent is fine but the pressure of being famous overnight is difficult to handle. This film is on parenting because they are also responsible to a great extent in building up the pressure, especially psycholo-gical. The story revolves around a girl who gets eliminated in a reality dance show. She, along with her parents, goes into depression and finally a counsellor helps her out of it,” he said.

The film will be of 20 minute and the production is over.

Bhattacharjee, who had directed both short and fea- ture films, thinks the former is a better way to spread awareness.

“Short and precise with a message directly hitting the audience is what is required to prove your point and more so when everybody is running out of time,” he said.

The entire cast is from the city as the director had promised to work with the local artistes last year. He said that these projects would also open up new opportunities for actors of the city. Reshmi Chowdhury, Jyoti Mishra, Siddhartha Sen, Amit Das, Jagriti Mishra, Indranil Hazra and Rajini Shekhar, most of them theatre personality, comprise the cast of the film.

The film, which is expected to be complete by May, will be screened at the Calcutta Short Film Festival.

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