An Assamese short film based on the trials and tribulations of a disabled teenager and featuring a real-life 18-year-old physically challenged actor has been selected for the Barcelona Planet Film Festival to be held in Spain.
‘Bhranti’, the seven-minute short film directed by Duliajan-based Arindam Barooah, brings to light how superstitions surrounding disabled people pose challenges for such people.
‘Bhranti’ is about the friendship between Bablu, a disabled teenager, and Pappu and how their friendship faces challenges from Pappu’s mother who dislikes the friendship on account of his friend’s physical condition.
Bitupon Dutta, the 18-year-old actor, told TOI that he didn’t face any social stigma in his life on account of his condition. By acting in a film, he wanted to convey the message that disabled people shouldn’t stay at home and need to come forward and overcome challenges.
“It felt good by acting in the film and I gained a lot of confidence by acting. I only want to tell people, especially the disabled, that physical condition shouldn’t deter them and make them feel weak. They need to come out of their homes and take on challenges bravely,” said Dutta.
The film has already managed to garner some national recognition. It was the runners-up at Blitzschlag MNIT, 2016 Film Festival, Jaipur and was adjudged the 2nd runners-up at Pukaar Short Film Festival 2016, Mumbai.
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