WE CANNOT ESCAPE OUR LIFE SITUATION, WE NEED TO GO THROUGH AND OVERCOME IT, WITH THE HELP OF A REALIZATION: ‘STILL ALIVE’ DIRECTOR ONKAR DIWADKAR AT IFFI51

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“My film tells the story of a young protagonist who reaches the verge of suicide, leading to a psychological realization. The protagonist wants more to run away from her life situation, than she wants to commit suicide; but we cannot escape our situation, we need to go through our situation and overcome it, with the help of a realization.” Director and Producer Onkar Diwadkar was sharing the inspiration behind his psycho-drama short film Still Alive, which has been screened in the Indian Panorama section at the 51st International Film Festival of India, being held in Goa, at a press conference held at the festival venue today.

The lead character experiences depression and emotional turmoil, attempts suicide but becomes unsuccessful and then comes back to life. “I want the audience to see my film as a witness, which will create awareness”, says the director.

The 30-minute Marathi film has an uncut shot of 27 minutes. Speaking about this, Diwadkar said that this was necessary to showcase the journey of the person with suicidal tendencies.

Diwadkar spoke on the role played by cinematic elements in the impact the film creates. “My aim has been on creating an impactful experience for the audience, besides telling the story. Elements are more important than story. Every element expresses something. Some elements together make a picture which creates a new impact or experience. Sea in this film is the ‘element’ which is mysterious and vast, giving the thorough impact.”

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