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Can Facebook drive you crazy?

Every contact made on Facebook - and every attempt to reconnect with a lost friend - starts off an untold story. Or at least that's what city filmmaker Manish Jain believes.

music Updated: Nov 03, 2010 13:47 IST
Aalap Deboor

Every contact made on Facebook - and every attempt to reconnect with a lost friend - starts off an untold story. Or at least that's what city filmmaker Manish Jain believes.

On Wednesday, Cafe Goa will screen a music video Jain has made about two estranged school friends who meet on Facebook years later. The five-minute story shows the man in love with the woman, and pits his expectations against reality in a split-screen format. The music has been composed by Rahul Bhatt.

While the structure of the video, Jain admits, has been derived from the 2009 Hollywood flick 500 Days Of Summer, the concept - getting back in touch with an old crush - is something every Facebook user is familiar with. "The guy drives himself up the wall adding her as a friend on Facebook, and then almost turns obsessive waiting for her to respond. He's shown doing his daily activities, which is reality, and alongside, you're also shown what his expectations are. That's the dichotomy," says Jain.

The film, soon to be released over the Internet, stars soap actors Gaurav Ghera and Gayatri Choudhari in lead roles. Jain had thought of the story even before he approached Ghera to act, and found out later that it bore a striking resemblance to the latter's life.

"Getting back in touch with people is so natural nowadays, it happens to everyone. The moment you add someone on Facebook, certain expectations start to build up. This symbolises how much the medium has changed us," Jain adds.
However, Jain is unwilling to disclose whether the guy's obsession turns into psychosis. "It is a little disastrous, what happens to the guy. But it's the reality so he must accept it," he adds.