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Set in the primal times, Dwija is a tragic tale of two lovers who are violently separated from each other. They are beheaded and their heads are transposed. After being brought back to life by the magical strength of a Brahmin, the two women try to retrace their long-lost love- wandering on an existential journey stratified with ideas of mind-body dualism, immortality, and Advaita.
The film is an allegory on the current Anthropocene, evincing the exploitation of mother nature earth by the hands of a man. He takes what he wants, and leaves the mother, only to return to take more.

  • Akshat Ashutosh Gangrade
  • Akshat Ashutosh Gangrade
  • Mangesh Karad
  • Mekha Rajan
    Key Cast
  • Satakshi Nandi
    Key Cast
  • Vijay Singh
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - MIT School of Film and Theatre
Director Biography - Akshat Ashutosh Gangrade

Akshat Gangrade is a director-writer based in Mumbai. He has completed his graduation in direction and screenplay from MIT school of film and theatre.
Coming from a long generation of political migrants, Akshat was raised in an orthodox Hindu family where he grew up watching Hindi films. After he was exposed to world cinema, his love for films intensified, which led him to drop out of engineering and join a film school.

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Director Statement

Cinema has the power to manifest a deeper truth (Satya)- enabling humans to alter their realities and ultimately knock on the doors of life, death, and Salvation (Moksha).