To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill. —Aristotle
Suicide is a global pandemic. In the United States alone, more than 120 people die by suicide every day, and research suggests that the number may rise due to the Coronavirus and the long-lasting impact it can have on mental health. But there is hope. Public health officials agree that simply talking to a person at risk for suicide is a crucial preventative step, and connecting them to a support system, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, can literally save their life.
In an effort to do his part in promoting suicide awareness and prevention, filmmaker Akshay Kumar Parija has released his Hindi short film “Second Thought’ with English subtitles has been released on the YouTube channel “Pallabi”. “Second Thought’, straight off the bat, is visually stunning; shots over producer hometown allow us to not only familiarise the viewer with the suburban backdrop but also bring a sense of understanding that there is a big wide world out there that sometimes we don’t remember exists.
It tells the story of family trauma. Failure of relationship, farmer suicide, locks down and corona tragedy, and loss of job in office who calls a suicide hotline in a moment of despair. It is a relationship that will have a profound, life-affirming effect on individuals and society. This 14 minutes. short film concept is being developed by Akshay Kumar Parija and directed by Subhranghi Mohapatra This short film also an inducted byte of producer Akshay Kumar Parija and Dr.Laganajit Das about life and death.
“My goal with this film is to get people talking about suicide in an honest and sympathetic way,” says Akshay Kumar Parija. “I hope it will encourage people to call for help if they are in crisis or if they know somebody who is, to reach out to them and offer them help.”
This is not a short movie about suicide, but more about the reaction to suicide, from friends and family, how people will perceive and react, and this is something that can directly affect those considering such a path, sometimes we need a bit of tough love and “Second Thought’ certainly allows this to take center stage. The quality of BGM and light arrangement not up to the mark, Because as the entire shooting is being done during the lockdown, so it is difficult to expect the highest quality but the message is well delivered.