Only 7-8 hours shooting, minimum crew and only two thousand rupees. A short film titled ‘Nilam’ was ready utilising these minimum resources. Vineeth Chakyar is the director of the short film. When the film was uploaded on YouTube it went viral.
The four minute long short film has received positive response from the viewers on Facebook and on YouTube. The core focus of the short film is the difficulties women face devoid of urinal facilities for the folk in public places. The film in a broader sense is an attempt to give focus for women friendly toilets in the country.
The director is a singer, chakyarkoothu performer and an engineer by profession. He hails from Angamaly. By sitting his house Vasudeva Mandiram, Elavoor Vineeth started to talk. The short film was made as an entry for Nottam short film festival organised by the Kerala government.
The lack of proper public toilets affects working women and students the most. Some toilets are even unsafe for women. This prompted him to do such a short film focussing on the problems of ladies, which nobody has focussed so sharply. The main character is presented by Sajitha Madathil. Sajitha was willing to play the role for no remuneration. It portrays the life of a middle class woman, and is beautifully acted by Sajitha, a state award winner.
The shooting was in Angamaly. “I have never thought that it will become a big hit. But I had confidence on the subject chosen”, says Vineeth. Cinematography of this film is done by Sreeraj Raveendran and music by Sruthilakshmi.
Vineeth’s debut was the short film Inverse, which received 14 awards. Then he came with the short film ‘ Standard fourth’, which also attained viewer’s attention.
He is the son of Kalamandalam Mani Vasudeva Chakyar. Vineeth had bagged many prizes in youth festival for Ottanthullal and Chakyarkoothu. When he was studying for engineering started his experiments with short films. ” I don’t think Short films are stepping stones to reach big screens, at least not so for me. Both are different pathways”, he says.
His mother Chandrika and sisters Veena and Vrinda are his greatest supporters. Now, he is busy with a new music video and writing script for a feature film.
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