Discrimination through race and gender still exists in society. Sudip Bhattacharjee’s short film Kalo speaks up on the sad reality related to prejudices based on race and sex.
The film opens up with the protagonist Ayan (Ayan Barik), sitting at a table, ignoring his girlfriend’s calls while he smokes a cigarette. He seems disturbed about his friends taunting his relationship with his girlfriend because of her skin color. Sick of all the mockery, he decides to end his relationship with Pallabi (Sweety Barat). The film progresses following Ayan’s story of self-realization and love as he visits the ‘dirty hometown’, Varanasi. The film addresses the orthodox mindset of finding a ‘fair-skinned’ woman in order to fit in.
The director Sudip Bhattacharjee says, “Kalo is very close to my heart and challenging as well because going outdoor for an independent short film is not a matter of joke. We didn’t want to represent Kalo as mere color but more than that, it had more layers to it. You can realize that in the short itself.”. The film has been screened at film festivals in the USA, UK, and Canada.