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Steel city students capture teen travails on camera
- The Tragedy of Trisha Trithankar deals with the emotional journey of an adopted girl

In a city where teen suicide has become a routine tragedy, a coming-of-age high school story is indeed welcome.

A group of 25 students from various Jamshedpur schools, who connected via a social networking site, have embarked on an ambitious mission to capture the travails of teenagers on reel.

Directed by Loyola School alumnus Harsh Vaibhav, The Tragedy of Trisha Trithankar deals with the emotional journey of a teenage girl, portraying the joys, sufferings and challenges that come along. The hour-long film is a story of an adopted girl who thinks that nobody loves her.

This is the second film by Harsh, who also co-directed Partly Right with Benory Sai Kiran in 2012. It was based on the rising incidents of suicides among teenagers.

“I was always interested in film making. Partly Right was made just after I appeared for my plus two. This is my second film for which I formed a team with school and college students of Jamshedpur. We got connected through a Facebook page, planned the film and shot it,” said Harsh, who is currently pursuing a major in English at Ramjas College, New Delhi.

The film was shot in 18 days during the summer vacations in May. Production house Penniless Production is bringing out the film, which is now in its post-production phase in Calcutta.

The post-production work is likely to be over by the end of the month, after which the crew will screen it at XLRI, for which the date has not yet been finalised. They will also try to show the film at various festivals across the country.

Asked about the complicated subject, line producer Gaurav Chowdhury said: “This is a serious problem among the youth. Till the time we are young, we love obeying our parents, but as soon as we enter our teenage years, we start having problems with almost everything around us.”

A commerce student at Bhawanipore Education Society, Calcutta, Gaurav added that the tagline of the film — Chashma Misunderstanding Ka — highlighted the myriad problems of Trisha.