KOCHI: The connection women have with their jewellery is baffling. It apparently imbibes positive energy. Not just in the person who wears it, but also in those around the person. Getting a nose ring is easy these days.
However, the painstaking hassle of keeping the fresh piercing free from all dust and dirt is not that simple. Adding to the sharp pain in the nose, the heartache caused by not getting validated by a beloved one is like twisting a knife in the wound.
Along the lines of this pain and heartache is Girish AD’s new short film ‘Mookuthi’, which is taking the internet by storm.
The short film revolves around the relationship of a romantically involved couple. The girl, an undergraduate student majoring in bharatanatyam, and the boy, an aspiring film actor, fight over a nose ring she gets. The remainder of the film is about how they end up reconciling and moving forward in the relationship.
“Mookuthi was a simple theme. I was merely exploring the fine aspects of a relationship. The characters are people you see everywhere. I have many friends who participate in auditions for a chance to be on the big screen,” says director Girish.
Vineeth Vishwam and Sree Renjini play the main roles in the short film. Produced by Jai Vishnu and Garlin Vincent, the cinematography work was done by Appu Prabhakar.
The film was shot over four days in February. However, the post-production process got delayed. “As far as the technical aspects of the short film go, it was effortless. All the cast and crew were my friends. So it was easy working with him,” says Girish.
Perhaps for the same reason, the success of the short film came as a surprise for them. The short film, which was released on YouTube on November 14, has garnered over 13 lakh views. “We didn’t realise it will be received so well. People, especially those in the age group of 15 and 30, messaged me saying they could relate to the incidents in the film,” says the director, who is an engineer on contract for the KSEB.
It was not just the number of views that surprised the cast and crew of ‘Mookuthi’. Since its release, people began enacting scenes from the short film on social media platforms such as TikTok. “While shooting for the short film, I got an inkling that a few scenes have the potential to go viral on TikTok, but did not realise the extent of it,” says Girish.
Girish’s next project is the Kunchako Boban-starrer Allu Ramendran, for which he is one of the scriptwriters.