CHEENI KUM HAI

Interactive Short Movie

Theme: Gay Romance

OBJECTIVES

Shoot an Interactive short movie with the classic Three Act Structure. Induce two binary decision points for the viewers through the course of the movie and provide four respective endings.

PREMISE

Two lovers meet in college and have an intimate relationship. Societal pressure hit hard on one of them leaving the other hanging. Will they reunite overcoming conservative social norms?

 

STORY STRUCTURE

D1, D2.A and D2.B

are the three decision points in the movie

ACT 1

ACT 2

ACT 3

C2.B

C1

C2.A

Middle 1

Beginning

Middle 2

End 1

End 2

End 3

End 4

Present Day

5 Months Later

5 Years Later

 

CHARACTER CASTING

Name

Vijay

Sam

Vijay's Sister

Desires

Ethnicity

Motives

Age

Finding courage to come out of his closet as a Gay individual

Malayali, Indian

To get a well paid Graphic Designer job to support his single mother and family

19

Goan, Indian

Wants to make it big as a Singer and Performer

Malayali, Indian

Ensure the best future for her brother and mother

To be accepted by the society and be loved 

To be rid of the family responsibilities and get married

23

25

Fears

Getting disowned by his family, public humiliation  

The Big Stage, and public attention.

Law and religious superstitions

Flaws

Altruist to a fault, takes impulsive decisions under pressure

Cannot acknowledge failure, avoids confronting problems

Not open to let go of prejudices

 

NARRATIVE ELEMENTS

Conflict

Sam and Vijay fall in love. Sam is open about being gay but Vijay wants to keep it a secret. This difference in opinion creates the conflict for the two when Vijay's conservative family gets involved.

Decision point D1

It's not easy to overcome one's fears. You get to decide whether Vijay will speak up about his sexual orientation with his sister or will he hide it. 

Decision points D2.A and D2.B

Meeting an Ex-boyfriend after years of a break-up can be a bit unnerving. How will Vijay deal with his long-lost lover? You get to choose whether Vijay will acknowledge his past or choose to ignore it. 

 

DECISION TREE

Vijay tells his

sister about his relationship

Sister is disgusted and leaves. Vijay breaks up with Sam

Vijay

ignores

Sam

End 1 and 3

Vijay and Sam get into a relationship

C1

C2.A/C2.B

Sister finds out herself and is disgusted. Vijay breaks up with Sam

Vijay hides his

relationship

from his sister

End 2 and 4

Vijay

acknowledges

Sam

 

THE MOVIE

My Role

The story, Script, Dialogues (English and Hindi),

Acting (as Sam), Cover (Rebel Rebel)

My Team

This project was carried under a cross-disciplinary open elective course conducted by the Film and Video Communication Department at NID, Ahmedabad.

GALLERY