At a time when their peers are busy worrying about board exams and the likes,four students of Sinhagad Springdale School and Junior College have made a film based on problems associated with addiction to social networking sites. Ninad Kulkarni,Atharv Patil,Mayuresh Nene and Bhavik Suratwala all students of Class XII made the 12-minute film based on their own experiences of the need to stay connected throughout the day. The film,titled Connection Failed has been getting awards at various film festivals.
Written by Kulkarni,the movie has won Best Story award at the sixth edition of Filmsaaz International Short Film Festival held in Aligarh. Suratwala and classmate Yash Gupte were also awarded for Best Cinematography at the festival. The film was also recently selected and screened at 8th Ice Digital Short Film Festival,held in Pune.
Suratwala,who plays the lead,said they made the film with a budget of Rs 3,000 and over a period of five weeks. The movie is about a boy addicted to Facebook and starts receiving unknown phone calls regarding his Facebook usage. One day,his connection fails; tension starts mounting and finally the reality is revealed, said Suratwala.
The idea for the film came from their every day discussions over lunch. One day we got talking about our addiction for Facebook and we laughed over the idea of making a short film on it. A few days later we began to seriously consider it, he said,adding that Kulkarni framed a story line and a script based on the conversation they had.
The four finally decided to film the script for the fun of it and thus the movie was made. It was purely a desire for some fun that made us film the movie. Later Ninad heard about the film festival and we decided to send the film as an entry for it, said Suratwala.
Unaware about the various techniques of film making,the students used a basic handy-cam to shoot the movie. Elated and surprised by all the awards coming their way,Suratwala shared that the four are concentrating on their studies for now. We plan to return to film making once we are established in our careers. When we get back to it,we will make films in a big way, he added.