Once upon a time, there was a family consisting of a father, mother, two brothers, and a sister. One day, while the father was conversing with a guest, the neighbor knocked on their door to deliver an invitation card for his sister. The father accepted the card but suppressed his emotions, as expressing happiness over such matters was not considered manly. Instead, he handed the card to his son and instructed him to give it to the mother. Upon receiving the card, the mother and daughter became ecstatic and immediately began making preparations for the ceremony. The older son, Pranav, also appeared interested in the colorful sarees, but he hesitated. When everyone left the room, Pranav couldn’t resist and decided to try on the sarees. However, his actions were abruptly interrupted by his father, who burst into the room and scolded him as if he had committed a grave offence. Startled, Pranav quickly discarded the saree. The father approached him and conveyed that such behavior went against societal norms for men. He also warned Pranav not to leave the room until he had sorted out his thoughts on the matter.
Unfortunately, Pranav remained silent, unable to voice his innermost thoughts. The pressure to conform to the stereotypical notion of being “manly” proved overwhelming.
As the story draws to a close, Pranav’s journey of self-discovery and acceptance is left open-ended. Will he find the strength to challenge the confines of society’s expectations and embrace his true self? Will he be able to bridge the gap between his yearning for self-expression and the unconditional love of his family?
Story By – Ujjwal Raj
Directed By – Ujjwal Raj
Cinematography By- Ujjwal Raj
Helped By- Sahil Sidharthan K. & Pranav B.
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