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Pune: Starting today, a six-part Marathi short film series on youth and mental health

The series will focus on social, cultural and family situations that affect the mental health of youngsters. Each screening will be followed by a Facebook Live with the film’s director and subject experts

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: September 20, 2021 12:08:24 pm
The screening of each film will be followed by a Facebook live session with Dr Dabholkar, the film’s director and a subject expert.

‘Gosht Aahe Prithvimolachi’, a six-part youth-centric series of short films that touch upon various social, cultural and family situations that affect the mental health of youngsters, will be launched at 12pm on Monday with the telecast of its first episode ‘Gosht Arjunchi: Date with Aai’ on Bharatiya Digital Party’s (BhaDiPa) VishayKhol channel.

Under the initiative organised by Rakhadi Studios along with NGO Parivartan Trust, one movie will be screened every week. “More than 80 per cent of mental illnesses start between the ages of 18 and 35. Hence the right information and perspective on mental health and illness at this age can prove to be useful. These films attempt to create more conversations around issues like mental discomfort while dealing with addiction, discrimination, love, attraction, sexuality, career and relationship with parents, both artistically and scientifically,” says Dr Hamid Dabholkar who manages Parivartan Trust.

The screening of each film will be followed by a Facebook live session with Dr Dabholkar, the film’s director and a subject expert.

Along with noted theatre director and actor Atul Pethe and others, Dabholkar had several years ago embarked on an initiative Manas Rang (colours of the mind) that used theatre, songs, drama and offered a platform to patients with mental health problems to vent their emotions like fear, hysteria and even talk about issues like schizophrenia.

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Dabholkar soon connected with Pune-based filmmaker and film educator Anupam Barve and others to make short films on issues centred on mental health and youth. “Soon enough Maitreyee Kulkarni, Alok Rajwade and Parna Pethe and I got together and started a company called Rakhadi Studio and identified six issues. While Maitreyee wrote the script, Alok and I directed three films each while Parna is the creative producer,” Barve said.

Monday’s short film in Marathi focuses on Arjun, a youth in his early 20s who returns home drunk every day and a surprise his mother has in store. The first episode features Geetanjali Kulkarni and Shivraj Waichal. After the screening, noted film director and actor Nagraj Manjule will engage in a conversation with Dr Dabholkar and share his experiences.

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