One of the common aspects of growing up is peer pressure. Exploring this subject is short film Just Friends,directed by Arun Sukumar. The project was commissioned by Edumedia,a firm that works towards using cinema to impart education in schools. The short film,in the post-production stage,will be shown in schools both in India and abroad. An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII),Sukumar has worked along with actors Manish Gandhi,Sayani Gupta and Ronjini Chakraborty,all from FTII,for the film,essaying the characters of Kabir,Riya and Aliya,respectively.
The story is a take on the lives of three students. Gandhi says,Kabir and Aliya are good friends but they decide to start seeing each other after their friends tell them that it is the in thing. The truth is that neither is comfortable with the idea,but both want to be socially acceptable. Sukumar says,This happens in schools and colleges,doesnt it? A lot of us might have even gone through it.
Gupta says,Riya is loud and brash. She is the one who convinces Aliya to start dating Kabir. Her character is not very serious,she lives for the moment. But she is pivotal to the plot of the film.