Be it his directorial ventures, Vicky Donor, or production Pink, director-producer Shoojit Sircar has always focused on issues that are of huge relevance in the context of our society. And taking this endeavour forward, Sircar has recently directed his first short film that addresses the crucial subject of academic performance and the toll this pressure takes on Indian teenagers. Focused on creating awareness amongst parents about their child’s performance anxiety, the film #ReleaseThePressure talks about the challenges young adults face in their studies in India.
Sircar elaborates, “Mounting pressure on the kids to perform, has become a stark reality of every urban child’s growing up years. And I firmly believe our primary responsibility as a conscientious parent, as citizens and as makers of this film, is to not only raise this issue but also to raise it in a manner keeping in mind the sensitivity of the matter for the kids that face it. And hence, I shot this film in a manner where I only facilitated the process for the child to open up his feelings – an innocent, emotional, pure outburst of a child’s emotion. It is my sincere hope that this film triggers a healthy conversation between parent and child, and facilitates a greater awareness and better understanding towards each other.”
Truly, Sircar has delved into a subject that has been a matter of discussion in day-to-day life. Hopefully, the message he wants to deliver will be conveyed.