Mumbai ,By Kabir Ali
Pocket Films, known for bringing compelling short films to the forefront is here with a unique film ‘O Mother’, a sincere attempt by director Prashant Bhagia to spread awareness about women with AIDS. . The mother-child bond is explored through the eyes of an HIV positive woman and her baby in a sensitive manner that makes the viewer empathize with women with AIDS, while creating awareness at the same time.
The film opens with a helpless mother who sees her hungrybaby crying, but doesn’t come forward to breast feed him. Why would a mother do such a thing? Is she stone-hearted? The film raises many such questions in a viewer’s mind before revealing the cause of her helplessness – she is HIV positive, and hence has to refrain from breast feeding in order to avoid passing the virus to her baby through breast milk Besides winning accolades, the film has proved to be an eye opener, urging women to make better choices and creating awareness about the importance of HIV testing particularly for pregnant women.
According to SameerMody, Managing Director of Pocket Films, “A silent film in today’s time,’O Mother’ very deftly handles an unspoken and pertinent facet of AIDS. In just a few minutes, the reality about an HIV positive mother’s situation shakes up the viewer. Words fall short to describe her pain when she helplessly sees her little child crying out of hunger. We want to promote more such meaningful films that leave a mark on the audience and make a difference to the world.”
Director PrashantBhagia, elaborates, “’O Mother’ is not just a film but a social message to every individual, portrayed through the world’s most selfless and unconditional bond, that of a mother and child. I felt the best way to spread knowledge on AIDS to millions of people at the same time is through a short film. Thanks to Pocket Films, my vision is surely going to come true and help create mass awareness.”