An engineering student has directed a Tamil short film on the popular social networking site Facebook, its users and what they do to be popular in the virtual world.
"Facebook Neenga Nallavara Kettavara", (Facebook, are you good or bad) is a 40 minute short film by V Vignesh Kumar, a civil engineering student of Anna University. He has also essayed the lead role in the movie.
The short film that was screened here revolves around young people, especially men, and how they are crazily hooked on to the digital medium.
The importance boys give to rise in the popularity chart, and attract girls in the social media by getting the most "likes" is told interestingly. The film is funny, bringing alive the "virtual and brand conscious" (top brands like apple are on the wish list of youth who always chase them) world of college goers.
In their zest to present a "live feel" of the young world, the film even has a colloquial Tamil word with an offensive meaning.
Despite its propensity to gobble up time and energy the social media has its own advantages like instant communication, networking and so on in a fast paced life, the audience are told in narrative interspersal.
"An interesting fact is the whole film crew got introduced to each other on Facebook," Vignesh told PTI. "My heart lies in cinema and I want to do films," he said.