SYNOPSIS - EK CHUP
IS COVID A CURSE OR A BLESSING?
The Covid Pandemic and the Lockdown changed Dr.Radhika and her 12 year old daughter Sara’s life forever. She battled another pandemic along with Covid during lockdown. Her husband Dr.Shekhar is a well respected GP and along with Radhika they are like a power couple. But inside the house – the story is different. Dr Radhika hates confrontations and believes in silence. Her mom always used to say – Ek Chup Sau Sukh – which means Silence is Golden – if you remain silent all your problems will go away.
But this time her silence is consuming her and things are different.
The lockdown and the disease have caught Shekhar, Radhika and Sara in it’s mad grip. Will Radhika manage to overcome this double onslaught?
A short film written and directed by
SONYA V. KAPOOR
This short film is based on 2 very important issues – Shadow Pandemic during Covid and the Silence that surrounds it hence the title of the film – Ek Chup ( One Silence ).The violence against women & domestic abuse has grown so much during Covid 19 that UN Women Organization has termed it as Shadow Pandemic – pandemic within a pandemic.
This shadow pandemic is a global phenomenon and we need a global collective effort to stop it. It cuts across all economic strata – though its mostly spoken about in lower economic strata but it also exists in well to do – rich homes and families where the stigma is more and hence hardly spoken about. It is usually shoved under the carpet as there is no support system to talk about the abuse or challenge the abuser. Infact stats say that 77% women don’t mention the incident /abuse to anyone – and this is the 2nd focus of this film – almost in every society we are taught as girls to remain silent – right from the day we are born we are taught to live our life simply without confrontations – In India there is a very popular Indian idiom – Ek Chup Sau Sukh – In English too there is an exact translation of this idiom – another popular idiom – Silence is Golden– that all your ill’s will go away if you remain silent and not confront issues.
In this film the woman protagonist also believes in this philosophy of life – Ek Chup Sau Sukh (Silence is Golden) since she is conditioned to this kind of life right from the beginning. But then we see how the meaning of her silence changes into various shades of silence during the journey of the film and how the weakness of her silence becomes her strength. The film also questions morality and what that means to each one of us. There is an urgent need globally to start a conversation on violence against women especially during Covid times. Certain global facts which says it all –
There is an urgent need globally to start a conversation on violence against women especially during Covid times. Certain global facts which says it all
SONYA V. KAPOOR
Sonya V. Kapoor is the Winner of British Film Fellowship as Director – for her Docu Film – ‘ONCE THERE WAS A PURPLE BUTTERFLY’. She is a writer, director and producer. Her films cover a wide range of interests and issues. Her film on Northeast India – ‘WHERE WILL I GO FROM HERE ‘- is part of US Congress Library which is based on personal accounts of kids who become terrorists. “STORY OF SHALINI” is the story of an undertrial women and her trials and tribulations in Tihar Jail – one of the biggest jails in India. And “LETS TALK ABOUT SEX” is the story of 4 kids and their abuse and how discussion on sex with kids should not be taboo. Three of her films have been funded by UNESCO/PSBT. Her films have been screened at top film festivals, International TV Channels around the world.
Sonya has experience of over 15 years. Sonya Created and Directed the 1st AFP for Reckitt Benckiser India – ‘Dettol Surakshit Parivar’in India under her own banner.She has worked for Channel V, TV 18, Zee Tv, Fremantle Productions and founded her own banner in the past. She headed Globosports Entertainment Division for many years and lead Yahoo’s Content Solutions vertical in India.
She has also founded a successful Celebrity Collaboration and Talent Management agency M5 ENTERTAINMENT PVT LTD in India where she works with the top film stars and celebrities in Bollywood, Sports and Regional film industry. Currently M5 Entertainment is venturing into OTT and film space with its strong base of actors and storytelling talent.
She has done her graduation from Lady Shri Ram and Mass Communication Post Graduate from MCRC Jamia, India.
Amrita Mendonza is the Director of M5 Entertainment. She handles the entire talent portfolio of M5 Entertainment. Prior to M5, while at Globosport Amrita headed the biggest FMCG brand accounts like P&G & Colgate over 8 years. She also initiated the casting and talent vertical and worked on projects like Namaste London and worked with the top production houses like Sajid Nadiadwala , Excel , Red Chillies etc. Worked closely with Frieda Pinto on the film Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Managed Lara Dutta’s films and PR on projects like Blue , Don 2, Housefull, Lara’s production debut Chalo Dilli.
Forayed into the digital space as talent head for India’s own first local social media app Roposo where she procured talent across India to be part of the app.
With M5 Entertainment Amrita is into procuring and working with talent across all genres with the leading brands, the vision is to expand into films and OTT and to create content which is path breaking.
CAST & CREW
Mona Singh is an Indian Actress, Producer, Dancer, Model, Comedian, Television Presenter known for Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003), Laal Singh Chaddha (2022) and 3 Idiots (2009). Singh ventured into the web world with her portrayal of Ananya in Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain. That year she also starred in The Viral Fever and Netflix series Yeh Meri Family. She was next seen in ZEE5 and ALT Balaji series Mission Over Mars. She has two big film releases in 2022 which are namely Laal Singh Chaddha and Don Bhaisahab. Singh is also the recipient of two Indian Television Academy Awards.
Joy Sengupta is an Indian film and stage actor who works in Bollywood cinema, Bengali cinema as well as in the Theatre. Sengupta is best known for his debut feature, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) directed by Govind Nihalani. Sengupta has starred in a number of films like Good Boy Bad Boy, Shakal Pe Mat Ja, Hate Story and Deham. Over the years, he has worked with theatre directors like Habib Tanvir, Safdar Hashmi, Barry John, Feroz Abbas Khan, Ramu Ramanathan and Lillete Dubey. Sengupta has at least four plays running at any given time, he also does films, ads and web series. He is also known for dubbing for Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America in Marvel Cinematic Universe films in Hindi.
Chahat Tewani is an Indian child artist who made her debut with the TV serial UDAAN in 2017. She has palyed important roles in many Bollywood movies which includes Dear Pooja, Shimmy, Good Morning, India Lockdown, Shakuntala, Rashmi Rocket, A Thursday etc. She has portrayed in several web series namely Invisible Woman with Suniel Shetty, Scam 2003 Season 2, Jee Karda and Avrodh Season 2. She has also been awarded as the Young Achiever’s award year 2020 and Bharat icon award 2022.
HIMONSHU PARIKH (MUSIC)
Himonshu Parikh is a Mumbai-based music producer, singer-songwriter and keyboardist. He is one of the founding members of indierock band – The Yellow Diary and has produced all of their original songs like Marz, Roz Roz and Rab Raakha, to name a few. His solo songs like Katputli Ke Dhaage and Le Chal, signed to Warner Music India, have been garnering a lot of love, amassing over 6 Million streams in the span of just a few months. He is also the music producer behind some of Bollywood’s big hits like Kesariya, from Brahmastra.
ASHIRWAD HADKAR (COLOURIST)
Ashirwad Hadkar is a DI Colourist best known for his outstanding work for films like Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Ek Villain Returns, Shamshera, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Luka Chuppi ,Padmaavat, Dangal to name a few. His upcoming big releases in the year 2022 are Goodbye ,Rocketry – The Nambi Effect and Dobaaraa.
|Director of Photography||Arindam Bhattacharjee|
|Edited by||Zainab Shakil|
|Executive producer||Padmini Rabha|
|Production Head||Ramakant Singh|
|Production Executive||Amit Kumar Pal|
|Location Manager||Shagir Salmani
|1st Assistant Director||Sanjeev Tripathi|
|2nd Assistant Director||Sahil Sharma|
|Production Designer||Ar. Manisha Sadani|
|Costume Designer||Vibhuti Chamria|
|1st Assistant Camera||Krishna Mohan Khare|
|Focus Puller||Abdul Azim Sheikh|
|Hair and Makeup Artist||Rupesh Yadav (Mona’s team)
Hari Om N. Tiwari
|Sync Sound Recordist||Dusmanta Sahoo|
|BTS & Stills||Dinesh Ahuja|
|Sound Designer||Sarang Deshpande|
|Titles & Subtitles||Jay Parmar|
|Legal Services||Manika Aggarwal|
Tia Kapoor, Ayaan Kapoor, Jyoti Vohra, BL Vohra, Rajnish Kapoor, Archana Mehra, Amita Karwal, Meghna Dutta, Victoria Mendonza, Francis Mendonza, Aldrin & Anisha, Varun Bhalekar, Krishnan Srinivasan, Jui Lele, Armaan Ajani, Biplab Kumar Das, NewsX – Richa Kapoor.