Jamshedpur’s Sahil Kumar delves into teenage suicide with short film Akelapan

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Jamshedpur, July 1: Ever since the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, many Bollywood celebrities have been at the receiving end on social media, accused of promoting nepotism and scuttling the chances of outsiders.

Life always comes with hardships. We will all go through hardships and tests, however we shall remember that God does not leave his true believers misguided.

Suicide has been a taboo subject but attitudes are changing. There is a push to raise public awareness, openly discuss and seek different approaches to this complex and highly emotive issue. Teachers, students and school communities should be prepared to deal with this tragedy.

Actress Sushmita Sen

For the family and friends who are left behind after a loved one commits suicide, there are always questions.

Was there something that could have been done to prevent it? Were there signs that were missed? 

Teenage suicide has been a matter of concern in Jamshedpur which was once heading towards becoming the suicide capital of India. 

Sahil Kumar, a budding director from the Steel City has come up with short film (25-30 minutes) about teenage suicide, called Akela Pan.

Sahil who makes his directorial debut hopes to receive accolades from all sections of the society specially the youths as it is full-fledged film from Jamshedpur.

Director Sahil Kumar

Akelapan will release on YouTube on July 2. “Right from getting a film from an initial idea through to planning (pre-production), shooting, editing and sharing (post-production) all have been done in Jamshedpur”, said Sahil Kumar, a second year Mass Communication student at Siddharth College, Mumbai who directed several plays during his school days.

“Teenage suicide has been a hot topic in Jamshedpur and cases have been on rise ever since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed. I adopted thoughts from LMAD (Let’s make a difference) team which organises the Jamshedpur Youth Conference at KPS, Kadma and since I did my schooling from KPS NML the topic had been in my mind since a very long time,” said Sahil.

The shooting was done behind Loyola School, near Sakchi old book store, Mayank Mrinal Hospital in Mango and La Gravitea café in CH Area.

He informed, “ My father Kumar Rajesh has been my inspiration and I have been editing films directed by my dad and now have decided to venture into film direction.” Resident of Agrico Kumar Rajesh has made three films based on coronavirus during the lockdown period and the same have been edited by Sahil.

He further said that Jharkhand has lot of potential and the film policy of the state government will surely help the film makers but apart from government corporate houses should lend support and help establish film institutes so that aspiring film makers and actors don’t have to move to the tinsel towns of Mumbai or other metros”, said Sahil, adding, “proper education on film and resources are needed as proper portfolio shoot is also not possible in Jamshedpur.”

Major drawback is not getting easy permission for outdoor shooting in Jamshedpur. 

“I dream of working with Amitabh Bachchan one day, he is the Sehanshah of Bollywood and has shown his acting prowess with stellar performances,” Sahil said.

Sushmita Sen, a school buddy of Sahil is the lead actor in the short film. “I know Sahil for more than 8 years and when I received a message from him regarding a short film of teenage suicide the thought was convincing and it was nice to be a part of the film which serves a message to the society,” said Sushmita pursuing masters degree.

Remember suicide is indeed a major sin. STAY STRONG NEVER GIVE UP !

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