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The Scientist

Francis Mendonca is a young physicist who eats, sleeps, and breathes science. Rationality is the only religion he believes in. He lives by the clock and plans even the most mundane of activities by using an app on his phone.

During a regular conversation, his Professor tells him that while having breakfast earlier that morning, a question popped into his mind – “What is the fastest way to cool a cup of coffee, if a spoon was the only available instrument?” The Professor then asks Francis if he can design an experiment to find this out. Francis is immediately enthralled and decides to perform the experiment the very same day.

“The Scientist” is a short film that gives you a glimpse of the everyday life of a passionate researcher. It is an attempt to show the lay audience what doing science really means.
The everyday science that is done in the real world is a far cry from the fancy science we see in big budget movies about aliens and superheroes. Science, in essence, is a philosophy. It is the philosophy of rigorously testing the validity of any idea --- even when the idea is as simple as finding out the best way of cooling a cup of coffee.

  • Vardhanam Daga
  • Vardhanam Daga
  • Vardhanam Daga
  • Rohit Suratekar
  • Vardhanam Daga
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  • Gaurav Diwan
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  • Ananya Mukherjee
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    17 minutes 20 seconds
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    December 10, 2016
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Director Biography - Vardhanam Daga

Interested in science, literature, theatre, and movies. Not necessarily in the same order.

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Director Statement

Science in cinema is generally portrayed in two ways. One of them is through science fiction movies which are very exciting to watch but, unfortunately, are not genuine reflections of science in our society.

The other method is to show science through documentary movies which are very realistic but often lack the narrative and the grip of fictionalised cinema.

The Scientist is my attempt to bridge the gap between the above two methods of science movie making. My intent was to give the layman a sneak-peek of the world of science but also use the elements of fiction to make it exciting. And this is why I call The Scientist, a true science-film.