NEW DELHI—“Mirgi,” a short film on epilepsy and its socio-psychological impact on families facing or witnessing the struggles associated with the condition, was released on Dec. 17 on YouTube. The film has crossed 5,800 views and praises have been flowing in for the visual treatment and sensitive handling of the subject.
“Mirgi” portrays the story of a family dealing with the reoccurrence of its elder son's epilepsy shown from the perspective of the younger son, Mrigya.
Pradhan and Malini are parents to two children, Mrigya and Ekant. Having separated over marital differences, Pradhan is now raising the two sons single-handedly. Life is only beginning to settle in when things come to a sudden halt because of Ekant's seizure that throws up a string of biases and superstitions surrounding epilepsy, and the hidden family dynamics.
“Epilepsy is a condition which has hardly been discussed. We see a person have a seizure and we panic simply because we lack awareness. Some people get frightened and move away from the patient, while others think the patient has been possessed and they try shoes, socks, onions or metal objects to scare away the ‘ghosts.’ The common emotion in all reactions is fear or shock,” Aranya Sahay, the first-time writer-director, told India-West.
“The film tries to tie these superstitions surrounding epilepsy. ‘Mirgi’ might not tell you what to do when you see someone have a seizure but it will force you to go Google about epilepsy, and that, probably, is a victory for us,” added the young filmmaker, a St. Stephen’s College graduate.
“Mirgi” stars veteran theater actor Sachin Joshi as Pradhan, Srishti Gautam as Malini, Amogh Shandilya as Ekant, Arjun Shandilya as the young Mrigya and Reyaz Ashraf as Santosh.
The short film of about 15 minutes’ duration has cinematography by Mohit Kapil, sound design and edit by Raghav Puri, music by Ritwik De and concept art by Damini Gupta. “Mirgi” has been produced by SAUV Communications. Watch the film here.