BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao) got accidentally trapped inside his own apartment in Vikramaditya Motwane 2016 Hindi survival drama Trapped. But in our case, the COVID-19 has trapped us real bad and the entire world is fighting the pandemic, which has killed over 85,000 people. And now with the nationwide lockdown, we are required to stay in our homes. And, no we might not be liking it at all, but there’s no other way, and it’s only home quarantine which can make us stay safe.
So, that’s exactly what actor Aryann Bhowmik, who had come from South Africa after shooting for Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film Kakababur Protyaborton, had been doing. He had completely self isolated himself for 14 days just like his director Srijit and co-star Prosenjit Chatterjee did. Aryann, too, did not leave the room for two weeks as advised by the government. But the young actor didn’t just read books, paint, watch Netflix, play Xbox and video chat with friends. He also made a short film in this quarantine period. Cool nah? Yes. And on Wednesday, Aryann took to Twitter to share it with the world.
Titled Lockdown, Aryann said it was shot on the last day of his room quarantine. He mentioned that this is his first completely “self made” short film.
For Aryann, the challenge was to shoot the film. He was in self-isolation and that, too, inside a room. “I had to make the film single-handedly. It is quite a challenge when the crew is just one person and there’s just a room. Secondly, I had to think of a plot. In this case, I wanted it to act it as a metaphor… as in because of panic we get distracted from the bigger crisis. Also, while making the film, I was constantly reminded of Leo Tolstoy’s words: Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself,” says the Bhoot Chaturdashi actor.
Aryann wanted to make one thing clear — he didn’t want his shots to look monotonous. And he did learn a lot during this quarantine period. He shot on his mobile camera, edited the short film and even did the background score. Also, he invited legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter to watched his film. “I saw their film Family,
which has all the superstars of the country including Mr Bachchan. They have made such a beautiful film with a strong message and I absolutely loved it. So, I will be thrilled if he watches my film too,” says the Mishawr Rawhoshyo
Meanwhile, senior members of Bengali film industry like Prosenjit Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, and Indraadip Dasgupta have praised him for his endeavour. So, will he direct a film in the future? “Of course, I want to. But then, I will have to learn a lot about filmmaking,” he says.