A 22-minute film directed by Yubasana Kapas, a Class XII Humanities student of Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School, Kolkata, was declared the Best Film (School Section) at the 12th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival. The award ceremony took place at Noida, Delhi NCR, on April 30, 2022.
Nilanjana Ghosh, a second-year English student of Presidency University, Kolkata, and Aishwarya Mahalanobis, a Class XII Humanities student of Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Kolkata played the lead roles in Eituku.
The music was compiled by Sripurna Majumder, a Class XI student of Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School; Shubhayan Dey, a second-year Economics student at Presidency University; Soham Samaddar, a Class XII Humanities student of Abhinav Bharati High School; and Yubasana. Agnish Chatterjee, a 2020 Civil Engineering graduate from Heritage Institute of Technology, helped with the editing.
The short film shows self-love as a solution to tackle mental turmoil. It suggests accepting the changes and vulnerabilities.
The trophy received by the team. Source: Yubasana
Edugraph caught up with the team members…
Eituku is about how the mental health of adolescents has been affected during the lockdown. The film also addresses topics like loneliness and how parental conflict can affect the mental health of a child. My takeaways from this whole journey are patience, determination and never losing hope.
— Yubasana Kapas, Class XII, Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School; director
I’m a theatre practitioner and have been associated with the theatre group called Nandipat. The process wasn’t all smooth-sailing but facing the difficulties and overcoming them as a team was my biggest learning.
— Nilanjana Ghosh, second year, Presidency University; actor
I’ve been acting since Class VII. Starting from going around Kolkata to making the worst tea of my life, which my co-actor had to drink for a shot, to all the retakes to get the perfect shot, I enjoyed the whole process of acting.
— Aishwarya Mahalanobis, Class XII, Mahadevi Birla World Academy; actor
It was a challenging task to finish the entire editing work within in days and sleepless nights.
— Agnish Chatterjee, Civil Engineering graduate, Heritage Institute of Technology; editor
The joy of creating new tunes is very energising. And that is the very essence of the film, to never give up and to try and find happiness in little things.
— Sripurna Majumder, Class XI, Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School; played sarod
Music is my passion and I play instruments like tabla, violin, guitar, bass and ukulele. I tried to enhance the scenes with my music.
— Shubhayan Dey, second year, Presidency University; part of music team