A short film that explores the trend of ‘online’ marriages

The nation-wide lockdown to counter COVID-19 put a dampener on wedding ceremony celebrations throughout the nation. However, when some {couples} resorted to ‘online’ wedding ceremony to beat the lockdown, it made headlines. One such wedding ceremony in March caught the consideration of filmmaker Parthan Mohan and his Ontario-based buddy Kavitha Ok Menon.

“The couple married through WhatsApp video and we wondered about the legality and other aspects of such weddings wherein the bride and bridegroom were actually going through the process of marrying themselves by doing things like garlanding themselves and wearing the ring on their own instead of the would-be-spouse doing the honours! Kavita, a lawyer, and I debated the manifold facets of such marriages,” says Parthan.

During the discussions, they explored the risk of a film primarily based on such marriages and Kavita wrote a script and despatched it to Parthan. He fine-tuned it and the writing and modifying continued until each have been happy with the script. The duo’s theme was about a web-based wedding ceremony between a groom in Kerala and a bride working overseas. A tragedy forces the lady to judge her marriage and her authorized and social standing.

A poster of a short film Dheerkha Sumangali Bhava, written and directed by Kavitha Ok Menon and Parthan Mohan
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Filming of Dheerkha Sumangali Bhava started in May and Arun Karthikeyan, a buddy, was solid as the bridegroom, whereas Nalini Menon, Kavita’s aunt in Kochi, stepped in to essay the position of the bride’s mum.

“I did the shot design and planning and we shot the film in the format of a WhatsApp video call. Our discussion were also via WhatsApp calls,” says Parthan.

Each character’s portion was shot individually as a consequence of lockdown restrictions and in addition as a result of they stayed in numerous cities, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Ontario. “Kavita herself played the bride while our friends shot the film, edited it and did the background score. It required a bit of work because we first filmed Arun’s portions and sent it to Kavitha. She had to react to the lines and situation accordingly. We had to re-shoot certain sequences to make the frames flow with the narrative,” explains the director.

Skilful modifying

Cinematography was achieved by Anoop Mohan, Sreerag Kallingal and the solid themselves. Skilful modifying by Athul Krishnan has helped the makers narrate an fascinating theme of the occasions we reside in and the many points it has thrown up. Jyothish did the music for the short film. Jayasankar Menon, Syed Nabeel, Patrick Lamarre, Dominique D’Angelo and Sujatha Kannan are additionally in the solid.

Parthan laughs when requested about the finances for the film launched on YouTube. “Since we were friends working together on a ‘lockdown’ film, all that I had to spend was on a meal for the cast and crew in Thiruvananthapuram.” But he feels that Dheerkha Sumangali Bhava shall be the first of many movies that delve into elements linked to the pandemic, the lockdown and the some ways it has formed our society and lives.

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