India stands on fourth position for being the unsafe country for women today. Acid attacks are such issues that have become very common in present instance. An IIT-Bombay student has made an animation film on the last year’s acid attack at Mumbai Bandra railway station, which has won the Best Short Film Award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014.
The attack happened on 01 May 2013 at Preeti Rathi, a 25 year old woman when she was alighting at Bandra station, Mumbai. She was in the hospital for a month and like a true fighter after losing one eye vision and her ability to speak, she scribbled one or two notes everyday to her family till her death.
Abhishek (22), a final year masters student at Industrial Design Centre at IIT-B followed Mumbai Mirror’s month long series of publication of the images of the sketches and writing that Rathi did to communicate and was overwhelmed. He then decided to drop all the topics and make a film on discrimination to acid attack victims and their sufferings.
The film’s duration is five minutes and five second and it is named as ‘Chasni’ (The Sugar Syrup). It has 1200 sequences of drawing done by Abhishek. On his friends’ doggedness, he sent it to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014, where he came out tasting success. Abhishek’s version states that the film is not about the violence, but how such victims are discriminated by the society.
The film is also been nominated at the World Festival of Animation, Croatia.