Private Project


AKHIL (25), is working as an intern in a startup firm, after completing his post-graduation. He is staying in a different city for this internship. His dad, ANI (55) has been working as a machine operator in a cement block company for 25 years in Saudi Arabia. They both keep in touch through the video and phone calls. Akhil misses his home while working. Once his father calls him to ask about his internship and his experience in a new city. Akhil hesitates to share about how much he misses his home. Ani understands his problem and encourages him to focus on his internship. Akhil asks about his father's request for a leave letter to return Kerala, for celebrating Onam. He is not sure about his arrival and might spend another Onam in Saudi Arabia.

As the pandemic hits the nation and the lockdown are imposed on all states. Akhil, continued his internship, to ensure his job at the firm, as he thought about the lockdown being limited to 21 days. As the lockdown extended, Akhil completed his internship, but couldn't turn into a job. He is stuck alone in the new city and confined in a room.
Ani couldn't get back to home, due to flight restrictions and fear of his own job security. If he gets back to hometown, will he get another visa to get back? Creating a major dilemma. He knows Akhil is trying his best and still looking for a permanent job. They both are away from their home and struggling for survival. They keep in touch with phone calls and support each other in this pandemic, but the calls which once turned into a good note, start changing day by day. The relationship is taking another route. The talks are leading to disagreements between each other. Akhil, being confined in a single room, his frustration is increasing day by day, the bitterness between their relation, results in reducing the number of phone calls between them.

One day, Akhil receives a call from one of his Dad's colleagues and he informs about his dad tested +ve for Covid 19 and has been sent to the hospital. Things went haywire and Akhil couldn't control himself. Each phone call coming to his phone is creating a fear to pick the call. He calls many times to connect with someone in Saudi Arabia to know about his condition. The news about the protocols of Saudi Arabia is increasing the terror in his confined room. He is looking for options to stay in touch, Until one day, his phone is ringing. He is hesitant to take the call and holds his phone. He attends the call and listens to the person. He remains silent.

  • Akash Poikavila
  • Akash Poikavila
  • Akash Poikavila
  • Akash Poikavila
    Key Cast
  • Anirudhan Damodaran Poikavila
    Key Cast
    "Achan (DAD)"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2021
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Deviprasad Goenka Management College Of Media Studies
Director - Akash Poikavila