By Arré Bench Dec. 01, 2020
Fifteen-year-old Santu Kumar’s three-minute movie stars five underprivileged children. Titled “The Mask”, the movie has been shortlisted for the International Corona Short Film Festival.
Creativity, many believe, is a domain of the privileged but a driver’s son from Bihar has shattered that myth. The 15-year-old boy’s three-minute children’s film titled “The Mask” has been shortlisted for the International Corona Short Film Festival.
The short film is about the importance of wearing a mask during the pandemic.
A three-minute-long children's film titled #TheMask, made by 15-year-old Santu Kumar has been short-listed for the International #Corona #ShortFilm Festival in New Delhi in December 2020. @hajipurrajesh @officecmbihar @NitishKumar @khogensingh1 https://t.co/qPHjLsk4EJ
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) November 30, 2020
Santu Kumar is the son of a Patna-based driver. He made a film with the help of children from Kilkari, an organisation established by the Bihar government’s education department in 2008 to encourage creativity among underprivileged children. “The Mask” has been directed and scripted by Santu Kumar, featuring four children from Kilkari – Santy Kumar, Rahul Kumar, Jeetu Kumar, and Rahul Raj Gupta. Five days and five children is all it took, for him to make a timely film shortlisted for the International Corona Short Film Festival to be held in Delhi in December.
Speaking to the New Indian Express, Santu Kumar expressed happiness over the selection of his film at the international fest saying that it would inspire him to make more films. He has acted and co-directed some other short films after being associated with Kilkari.
Movie made by Bihar driver’s son makes it to corona short film festival https://t.co/B0COb69foT
— Times of News (@TimesofNewsHUB) November 30, 2020
Dr Jyoti Parihar, renowned child rights activist and director of Kilkari, said, “In this film, it has been shown that if we lose our job, then we can still be self-reliant.” She pointed out that Santu was one among many children who expressed their creativity and won laurels for Bihar in film-making streams through support by Kilkari.
The teenager’s accomplishment has been cheered on social media. CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange, Ashish Chauhan, shared his story. “We are truly fighting the pandemic together and we will win,” he wrote. The message in his film to wear masks to protect oneself from the coronavirus was also appreciated.
A three-minute-long children's film titled ‘The Mask’, on the importance of the wearing of mask during the pandemic, makes it to Corona short film festival.
We are truly fighting this pandemic together and we will win it together!https://t.co/1W5DXFzeyg
— Ashish Chauhan (@ashishchauhan) December 1, 2020
Masks are the best way to mitigate the risks of CV19 https://t.co/RhalIpCi4J
— Ramesh Patodia (@RameshPatodia7) December 1, 2020
Creative expression shouldn’t be restricted by money or social connections, everyone has the right to tell a good story. The immense talent hidden in India’s vast pockets will only be unlocked when we provide them the platform and the tools to justify their potential. Santu Kumar’s story is inspiring, and the message from his film, timely.
Never give up on your ambitions, and always wear a mask.