There are images that go viral in social media for their sheer riveting quality and Midas touch. And there are images that catch you off-guard with their veritable portrayal of heartwrenching subjects.
The latter could torment you for the rest of your life with their agonising imagery. Siva Prasad Kashimangulam couldn’t agree more.
This techie-turned-filmmaker has made an 8-minute-long short film based on a picture he stumbled upon in Facebook. The film, Through the Wheels of Life is a realistic take on the dangers posed by the outer world to a child. It says no parental guidance can ward-off the evils looming around their children. “There was a picture of a child who had gone missing from her home in Facebook. Later she was found with a beggar in a disheartening condition. That photo has stayed with me for a while and I felt I should do something to make the parents aware of the situation,” says Siva Prasad.
Siva Prasad, who was in the news for the feature film he made for the visually-impaired, Shadows, likes to dabble with subjects that are socially relevant.
Unlike his first film, Through the Wheels of Life pans the camera towards a happy family, comprising mother, father and their three-year-old daughter.
On one of their outings to a temple, they chance upon a friend and starts talking to him. Meanwhile, their daughter was lured away by a stranger and disappears into thin air.
The film asserts that no child is safe in this world packed with wolves. By following an effective story-telling pattern, the film easily touches a chord with the viewers. Nothing else can explain its 47,000 hits on YouTube within 2 weeks of its release.
“Like the title says this is a ‘must watch movie for parents’. When an incident like this happens most parents will shrug it off thinking that it’s happened to somebody else. But this could happen to any child,” says Siva Prasad.
This small idea told in beautiful frames makes no qualms about preaching.
At a time when the safety of our children is at stake, this small venture of Siva Prasad is sure to grab many eyeballs.