Menstruation is a woman’s monthly bleeding. Though it is a phenomenon unique to girls, it is as natural as any other processes in human body. In India, even mere mention of the topic has been a taboo in the past and still, culturally in many parts of India, menstruation is considered to be dirty and impure. But wait, there are some who are breaking such myths with their praiseworthy efforts. To make an impact on the perceptions of people regarding menstruation and to break such myths, Xahid Khan, a film-maker from Guwahati took it to screens.
Alert Condition: Red, an Assamese short movie, based on a true event, that has been making an impact. The movie which is hailed by several is written and directed by Xahid Khan. It effectively depicts the circumstance and obstacles a young girl faces as she gets her first menstrual period in public place. She felt embarrassed as she doesn’t know about what period is? She walks on to a scooter and sits there to be calm. Later, the owner of that scooter comes and understanding situation, he calls a stranger woman to assist the young girl. Both the man and woman helped her and sent her to home.
The short movie has achieved 2nd best film award in 9th International Guwahati Film Festival. It has also got an entry in Jio Filmfare short film award. It can be mentioned here that the film has achieved another feat by getting an official selection in Cine Miami Fest in Florida in the United States of America and competing with other films.
The film crew in Interview:
When asked about the purpose of depicting such a fine-tuned subject in the short movie, Xahid said, “The reason is obvious to convey my perception and make a change. See our nation take this menstruation cycle as taboo but being 21st century’s inhabitant we need to smash such kind of consideration. Women are beautiful so the period is. It’s just natural female body behavior comes every month. Nobody thinks that without a menstrual period it is unfeasible for a human to exist on earth till now. We need to respect women thinking about their struggle being a woman. We need to take care of our growing girl children and have to teach these to boys as well. I tried my best in a promising way and went out of the box to make a change through my simple work. I loved that people liked the film and passing it on. I am fairly sure that the film will change in the discernment about menstruation.”
“Through Awareness and awareness. Educated and sensible individuals need to take accountability to teach and aware their uneducated or thin minded family members, friends, Colleagues, and neighbors. The government, NGO’s and Media have to take part and organize awareness programs but the biggest fixation is first we have to change our own approach and have to actively work as change makers,” – Xahid replied when asked about the possible ways in tackling such social myths.
Himadri Das, who plays the role of a young girl as a potent character said, “I cannot express my feelings in words but still, this character really made me feel great because that was really a challenging and sensitive character. It also made me feel proud that I was part of something which never done before and was showcasing a very sensitive issue and message for all.”
Sajana Koch, the producer of the short movie said, “The main inspiration of the story is indeed an open book. Nothing is concealed. We worked jointly to spread what females face at their teenage even in maturity. A stain can make you feel gross. So if a helping hand is provided, nothing harms. I hope the theme will positively touch everyone to be a perfect human being.”
Suruj Kr Kalita, who played a leading role in the film has been working in dramas, films, TV shows and some street plays said, “When I was called for the film I was very much impressed with the concept and I accepted the offer. It’s a very sensitive theme. The director of the film took this very brave action and he succeeds to tell a complicated topic in a very easy way. I can’t explain my feelings after the massive support from the people all over the world. It’s an optimistic work done with some optimistic person that’s why the result is very much affirmative. The film explains that in our society still there is humanity in human it’s an example.”
Banajyotsna Devi, who played another potent role in the film said, ” Menstruation is a usual thing like we people breathe. As it does occur only with girls it does not mean to make an issue out of it. It’s a systematic process of the female body. At this century individuals should change their attitude towards menstruation. In India, people often take menstruation negatively. Now it’s time to change the mindset.”
Watch the Short Movie here:
Editor’s note: The Assam News family conveys warm wishes to the entire crew of ‘Alert Condition: Red’ for the admirable tasks. All the best for your future endeavors.