Films for social cause

Passionate: Santhosh Kodenkeri

My main aim is to reach out to the common man,” states Santhosh Kodenkeri, a corporate and ad film-maker, who has brought out a CD of short films, each highlighting a social evil.

    “These are knowledge-based short films for creating social awareness,” he
informs. These films are a part of his campaign called Deepa organised by his NGO, Drusti.

Hailing from Sullia in Mangalore, Santhosh has been in Bangalore for four years.
    With a diploma in computer science and a post-graduate diploma in mass communication, he considers himself as a “technical person”.

  What made him take up such an initiative? “I want to use visual media in such a way that it has a huge impact on society,” he answers. 

Out in select stores, the CD consists of five short films, each with a duration of 20 minutes.

      “As the name suggests, the first film Kelsa, Kelsa, Kelsa revolves around
unemployment. Like and Love explores the friendship between a boy and a girl, Amrutha is about liquor abuse, Pocket Full Of Lies is about youngsters committing suicide and Shikshanave Shakthi highlights the importance of education,” he says.

  This is not the first social film that Santhosh has made. “I had done a 52-minute-telefilm called Kshana, which was about HIV awareness.”

Recently, Santhosh was even presented the Manav Sadbhavana Puraskar-09 for creating social awareness through his films.

The CD has been freely distributed in many parts of the state and has received a positive response as well.

    “We gave the CDs to NGOs, companies, schools and colleges,” he informs.
   “The only reason why I have put up a price tag on the CD is to generate money to make more such films.”

About the films and actors, he says, “Each short film took around two to five days to shoot.” He has also given a chance to amateur and struggling actors to act in these films. “We had held auditions in our office, and out of 380 people, 60 people were selected.”
Santhosh is now working on a film against terrorism.

    “It’s about the Mumbai terror attacks and is already in the pre-production stages,” he says.

   What’s his message to the youth out there, when it comes to eradicating social evils?
  “Practical implementation of solutions is the most
important,” is all he says.

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