06-16-2020, 03:53 PM
We may like to believe that we live in a tolerant and liberal society free from racial and cultural intolerance, but director Sandeep Varma, in the trailer of his latest short film ‘The Disguise’, turns the mirror onto this euphoric society.
The trailer begins with an excerpt from T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ that reads, “...There will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”
It is this line that sets the tone for this trailer that follows two ladies and a fateful meeting at a bus stop that will forever alter their perspective of the world around them.
Without letting us in on who these women are or their backgrounds, it is established in the opening shots that one of the two ladies is more rooted in her cultural identity and chooses to wear a burqua and accepts the unwelcoming glances that come her way. Her will is shaken, when two young boys squirt her with water guns. Things only get worse, when people plying the same bus, give off warning glances.
While one’s motives to wear the piece of clothing is dithered the other woman, who chooses to maintain her own identity, begins to question the incident and possibly even sees her cultural heritage in a new light.
According to reports, the film is set in London and talks on the subject of prejudice, stereotyping of cultures and the fleeting moments of loneliness and hurt triggered by otherwise unalarming events. Will they hold on their roots or will their desire to blend into a sceptical society tip the scales in this very personal conflict?
Considering the topic of growing biases, racism and intolerance is extremely relevant right now the trailer of The Disguise couldn’t have come at a better time.
Produced by Riya Mukherjee and directed by Varma, the short film stars Naomi Willow, Adriana Grigoriev, Zed Josef and Jennifer Scott Malden in lead roles.