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Kolkata Filmmaker Documents Stories of Psychic Changes in a Pandemic World | India News


CALCUTTA: A documentary on the experiences of 16 urban Bengalis around the world, including a doctor, a filmmaker, an actor, a musician, an author and a social worker, titled ‘Pandemic Insights’, has yielded interesting perspectives on the closure.
While a psychologist spoke about how Covid-19 had prompted her to join those who were rushing to the law rooms to draft wills, the actor spoke about his meeting with an unemployed thief who had become an active member in a community kitchen. initiative.
Director Atanu Ghosh came up with the idea in June. “I thought it would be interesting to explore the psychological and social impact of Covid-19. So I sent text messages to several people asking them to record their thoughts on their mobile phone cameras, ”he said.
Most responded enthusiastically. The general trend was to confirm or contradict the various faces of the human crisis and to depict stories of resistance and struggles related to anxiety, grief, and loss. Some shared stories of forging new bonds, others mentioned reviving lost connections. But if stories of certainty of change, exploitation of people, recession, and lonely struggles with death were dominant, there was comic relief as well.
“Actor Joyraj Bhattacharjee talked about encountering a ‘philosophical’ thief who lamented how working from home had put him out of work. But the worst thing was that he couldn’t even go behind bars, where they would take care of his meals, because petty thieves were not sent to prison due to the pandemic, “Ghosh said.
Not just pandemic experiences, some made futuristic analyzes of a Covid-free world. Artist Kunal Sen pointed out how the post-pandemic world will once again see children growing up with the presence of both parents, working or simply at home, something that some generations had missed.
But not everything will change, said author Binod Ghoshal. “World War II would never have happened if people had learned the lessons of World War I. There will be a lot of ‘masti’ the day the vaccine comes out and then it will return to the starting point, ”he said.

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