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Akshay Kumar Parija production Hindi short film”Second Thought ’message is well delivered

Ashok Palit

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.


About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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