Newdelhi:17/10/23: Odisha bureaucrat Sweta Kumar Das received the National Film Award (Special Mention) for his short film ‘The Healing Touch’.
Based on the COVID pandemic, “The Healing Touch” depicts recovery of a male patient from the disease due to positive attitude and strong support from his wife. The highlight of the film is the telephonic talk between the couple after the doctors express their helplessness about the man’s recovery. The positive and encouraging words from the wife help the patient build a strong will to fight the disease to recover.
About the Film ‘The Healing Touch’
This short film ‘The Healing Touch’ delivers a big message on the Covid pandemic. It has already ruined millions. A huge chunk has been affected and lakhs have lost lives. Every nation has been trying to combat the disease for which it is indispensable to be conscious physically and mentally strong and healthy. COVID patients undergoing treatment are having panic attacks leading to acute mental depression with unexplained fearfulness, nervous breakdown, and anxious thoughts which is more debilitating than the infection itself at the physical level. This impact at the mental level has led to deaths during the 1st & 2nd waves & loss of immunity among the patients. Rising mental depression, anxiety, nervousness, mental pressure, and sleeplessness are causing deaths & suicidal thoughts among Covid patients. Maintaining appropriate mental balance, improving self-esteem, and cultivating positive thoughts shall lead to a rise in immunity to combat the pandemic endorsed by the WHO.
This Film mirrors the above reality. A Coronavirus-infected husband (patient) is battling for life in the ICU of a Covid Hospital. Despite best efforts, the Doctor finally gave up. Being on the verge of death, the patient, earnestly asks for the Doc’s Mobile to talk with his wife for the one last time. The Doctor agrees & observes the conversation between them & how the wife through constant positive vibes inspires the husband and brings back his life from his deathbed.
This short film was produced by Smt. Neela Mohapatra directed by Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash also designed the concept, story, and screenplay & Sujit Mukherjee has co-scripted and Associate Director. Gargi Mohanty and Rajendra Padhi have acted as wife and husband respectively & Kunal Ambikesh Hota has assisted as DoP.
Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash after completing his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi pursued his career in Odisha Administrative Service. He has a special inclination for making films under his own banner “social image production” based on social issues like women empowerment, farmer suicide, the caste system, indentured labour, and disaster management. To his credit, Dr.Sweta Kumar Dash has produced five films including his upcoming Bollywood feature film Delhi Bus’ on Nirvaya Rape Case. Besides he has produced short film “ Sani”. Which is based on river Mahandi. Odisha. MASK” is a short film which has won many international and national
DIRECTOR NOTE ON FILM
This short film ‘The Healing Touch’ delivers a big message on the Covid pandemic. It has already ruined millions. A huge chunk has been affected and lakhs have lost lives.
Mrs Nila Mohapatra is an avid promoter of Performing Arts and Culture of Odisha. As a filmmaker, she gained international recognition for her short film “Mask” which won six awards in International Festivals. Besides she has also produced short film “ Sani”. Which is based on river Mahandi.Recently her short film in Koshali language MASK-2 under the banner of Social Image Production has won two prestigious international awards, from the same production house short film ‘The Healing Touch’ delivers a big message on the Covid pandemic. It has already ruined millions.