Promoting a cause

Red Building Where The Sun Sets,the National Award-winning short film by actor-director Revathy,talks about the insecurity that a child faces when parents have an argument.

Written by Unni R. Nair | Mumbai | Published: March 30, 2012 4:55 pm

Red Building Where The Sun Sets,produced by Syed Sultan Ahmed and Tabassum Modi,has won the National Award for the Best Film on Family Values,in the Non Feature film category. Director Revathy says,“Most children are witness to parent’s arguments. It is not uncommon but it is important to give children the security of love and home and make them realise that arguments between people are normal and it will not shake their world. This message is important especially these days when our life outside our homes is so much under pressure and so we bring our tensions back home. Red Building Where the Sun Sets is a film from the child’s point of view and his reaction to the fights his parents have day in and day out.”

Talking over the ’phone,the director added,“The film has been produced by the Bengaluru-based organisation Edu Media. They make films in a genre called ‘School Cinema’ targetting students and parents. In the last couple of years they have made over 50 such short films. These are shown in schools.”

Though excited about the award,Revathy is also happy about the response that the film is garnering. “We showed it at the Goa festival and the response was good. The film was discussed.” So what are the plans that Revathy has about getting it across to people? “The film is not for the masses; it’s for a particular section. It’s for parents of kids in the seven to nine age group. We are showing it to parents,screening the film in schools and also planning to get it uploaded on YouTube,” said Revathy,who understands very well that short films don’t get across to people as they should and hence these plans should work out in favour of her film.

When asked what she is planning next,Revathy,who has directed films like Mitr My Friend and Phir Milenge,says, “I am coming up with a feature film in Hindi and am working on that right now.”

Red Building Where the Sun Sets has Anu Hassan,Sunil Vishnu,Abhay Nanda and Dhritiman Chatterjee in the cast and features cinematography by Alphonse Roy,script by Suresh Triveni and Priya Venkatraman,music by Amartya Rahut and editing by James J Valiakulathil.

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