AANSHIK

Sharasibala, a mother of two sons, is braving the last stage of colon cancer. She lives with her younger son Shorbeswar and his wife Pratima. One rainy evening, her health abruptly deteriorates and Shorbeswar decides to admit her to the main cancer hospital, far from town. As they are about to depart from home, the elder son Rameswar arrives, post an emergency call. He accompanies his mother and brother. They reach the station and await the train, which is delayed. As Sharasibala rests on the platform bench, the two brothers engage in an interesting discourse, each trying to justify his financial constraint. In their minds, they are apprehensive of the ticket fare and upcoming treatment expenses. Finally, they split the ticket cost, which, in a way, sets the stage for sharing the mother’s expenses. Things take a woeful turn as Sharasibala breathes her last upon the train’s arrival.

  • Santanu Mallick
    Director
  • Santanu Mallick
    Producer
  • Anushree Sengupta
    Key Cast
    "Sharasibala"
  • Rameswar
    Key Cast
    "Chinmay Das"
  • Shorbeswar
    Key Cast
    "Raunak Khan"
  • Manab Chakraborty
    Author
  • Santanu Mallick
    Screenplay
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,047 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Black Board International Film Festival 2021
    Kerala
    India
    September 25, 2021
    India Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Kolkata Short Film Festival 2022
    Kolkata
    India
    January 27, 2022
    India
    Official Selection
  • Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival 2022
    Mumbai
    India
    India
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Santanu Mallick

Santanu Mallick – completed his B.F.A. (Hons.) and M.F.A. in Theatre from Rabindra Bharati University. He has actively participated in various national and international theatre festivals. He was awarded as a Mime Artiste from Song and Drama division, in the year 2003 and has received National Scholarship from Ministry of Culture (Government of India) as a Theatre Director in 2006. Santanu has put in use his acuity to a variety of production projects ranging from European drama to major adaptations of Bengali masterpieces and Indian plays, extensively. Santanu has also been awarded for Best Story from Qumun North West Film Festival for his short film “Retrospection” in 2011 at Qatar.
Besides performances of Arial lyrical mime at several countries, concentration has been towards Ancient Indian method of acting for over a decade also involving the dance style Kathakali at various Classical Dance Festivals. His other stage production called ‘Gaze’ which was written, designed and directed under him and produced by Shriram Centre for Performing Arts, New Delhi has been staged on March 2015. Santanu was also invited by Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA as a guest theatre artist to attend one month artist residency in June 2016. One of the finest works named, ‘Paul Gomra- A transmigration’ has travelled to many Theatre Festivals of India including Jairangam 2017, Kolkata Inter-Language Theatre Festival 2017, Arghya International Theatre Festival, Kolkata 2018, Moradokmai Theatre Festival, Thailand.
He has been working as a mentor in Theatre & Drama since 12 years in India & abroad. He comes with varied experience in teaching Cambridge and IB. He has been associated with Doha Film Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA, Rabindra Bharati University, St. Stephen College, Indraprastha College for women, Northern India Engineering College as a Performing Arts practitioner. He is currently a guest director & designer of Sriram Centre for Performing Arts.

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Director Statement

I was born and reared in a lower middle-class family. Given my psycho-social paradigm, I connected with this story on the very first reading. The dilemma of emotions like respect, love, brotherhood, role-play, social and financial limitations often give way to characters with deep-rooted conflict. I want to elucidate how actions/responses are mere reflections of inner conflicts.
Thus, unlike the original story, I have left Aanshik open-ended. Each of my viewers would derive the end from his unique perspective.