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INVISIBLE INDIANS- A STICKER STORY - Short Film review
INVISIBLE INDIANS- A STICKER STORY

Direction and Camera: Sandya U. Menon
 
 
Music: Ajay Sathyan

            How many times have you cursed the young kids who urge you to buy small items from them? Countless times, I guess. But, Sandya Menon stopped to hear their story instead of shooing them off. That’s how this short documentary came about. A Sticker Story directed by Sandya Menon is one of the stories from the Invisible Indians series. In the short documentary by Banyan Tree, Abhishek, a young boy studying in eighth standard tells what made him start selling stickers at the Pondicherry beach. 

            Set in the night-time, his working hours after school, the short film by Banyan Tree lets us take a sneek-peek into Abhishek’s daily life, and through him we get glimpse into the lives of all the young boys selling other small items on the beach. In his words, Abhishek narrates his story, embedded in which are the experiences that a young teenage boy shouldn’t have gone through. From being harassed by drunkards to being questioned by the police, Abhishek and his friends have gone through everything to earn a little money. 

            The short film brilliantly captures the innocence of the young boys, and at the same time brings out the maturity in their understanding. With commendable direction, good background music by Ajay Sathyan and a bunch of camera friendly children, this movie is sure to stay with you or a long time after you see it. The only thing it lacks is an in-depth script, inclusion of some more details about Abhishek’s life. 

            The short film lends a voice to the voiceless, focuses on how the rough lives of some young helpless children and makes you think about them, about the society we live in. A Sticker Story is a thought-provoking short film with some moving moments and a strong message. 

To watch the short film, click here !