KOCHI:At a time when hundreds of students and youngsters are falling easy prey to the bait laid by drug mafia, Shanavas Kannanchery, a Kozhikode based filmmaker, has come up with a five-minute long short film to create awareness among them. The short film titled 'Thamas – The Dark' will be screened in all schools and colleges in the coming days.
The film depicts the story of an engineering graduate who works as a carrier for money. The only child of his parents, he is caught by Excise officers while travelling home with his father on a scooter. The boy had concealed a packet of ganja in the under seat storage of the scooter.
Realising that his child has made a mistake, the father confesses to the officers the ganja packet belongs to him and is taken into custody. The movie ends with the youngster reckoning his mistake and mending his ways of life.
This is not the story of a single parent, says Shanavas, the maker of the short film. “There are many such parents around us who had undergone this pain and agony. I was inspired to make a film based on the concept when my friend Satheesh Ambadi, who played the role of the father in the movie, narrated an experience of his friend who had to undergo a similar situation,” he said.
According to him, many of the youngsters become carriers to make easy money. “They do not understand the seriousness of the crime in which they are involved. And by the time, they realise their mistake it would not be easy to get back to a normal life,” he added.
The filmmaker had already discussed the concept of the movie with Excise, Social Justice and Education departments and they agreed to screen the movie in schools and as part of their campaigns against drugs. The short film is yet to be released for public viewing.
Shanavas started his career as an assistant art director in the Malayalam film industry in the 1990s and he has already made a number of short films, documentary and docufiction. Thamas, he said, was a low budget film and the location of the movie is East Hill and Edakkad in the city. The role of the youngster in the movie was played by Akash Dileep, who is a Plus Two student.