Indian film and theatre actor Mohan Agashe re-launched 70 MM film club at Panjab University (PU) on Friday.
Agashe was at the Panjab University (PU) to interact with the students of mass communication department. The 70 MM film club is an initiative by the school of communication studies (SCS), PU, for promoting quality cinema.
The film club will screen quality and parallel cinema movies once in a week.
Critically acclaimed movie “Astu -so be it” was also screened at Dr SS Bhatnagar UICET Auditorium at PU. Agashe, who is central character of the movie, also shared his views with the SCS students.
The movie is based on the story of a retired director of an oriental research institute, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and goes missing while travelling with his daughter.
A panel discussion was also held with Dr Mohan Agashe, Prof Sanjay Wadwalkar from SCS (panellist and moderator), Prof Pushpinder Syal of English and cultural studies department, Indian theatre department chairperson Navdeep Kaur, on the current state of films and the pattern of consumption. Issues related to mental health were also discussed.
Agashe, who is a psychiatrist by profession, also shared about his forthcoming movie - ‘Kasav’ (turtle). It is based on the theme of suicide attempt and depression among people between the age group of 15 and 29 years.
Elaborating the theme, Agashe said the two-hour movie is based on species of turtles, which come to the seashore only to lay eggs. It depicts the critical period how those eggs are protected when turtles are inside the sea. Agashe said the movie focuses on young generation.
“Causes of anxiety, depression will be shown in the movie. Questions like purpose of your life and time will be raised in the movie. Expression of life will be changed through that,” said Agashe.