Death by Condom
Death By Condom is a 2020 Indian short film, written and directed by Utkarsh Thukral. The film revolves around a patriarch who, stumbles upon a box of imported condoms about which he has no "know how." The events that unfold lead to disastrous yet hilarious results. The fictional film is an unusual take on the serious intertwined topic of sexuality and rising population in India. A population, which, in general, has an antipathy towards use of Contraceptives.
Death by Condom premiered at the 2020 Lift off Global sessions. It has been selected as a finalist under 25 minutes at the 26th International Film Festival Golden Beggar. It is also selected for 2020 edition for Miami Short Film Festival and it has won the highest commendation at London Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival.
Death by Condom is a fictional tale dealing with unacceptable sensibilities in uninformed individuals. We see a day in the life of an old-fashioned, Indian patriarch, a destined day where, he stumbles upon a pack of imported condoms, a product of which he has no know-how. The Events that unfold lead to disastrous yet hilarious results where, the patriarch is sold the idea of Condom as food by a pervert and he in turn, feeds the condoms to his family as dessert. The movie depicts Indian life scenarios in a Fibonacci series of stupidity in this patriarch's life, which are born out of clear denials and misunderstandings about sex, the basic of life, making him perceive good as absurd, truth as false.
- Vimal Uniyal as Father
- Sandhya Bhatia as Mother
- Chandan Mehta as Elder son
- Ramneek Kaur as Elder sons wife
- Hema Rawat as Eldest daughter
- Shweta Singh as Younger daughter
- Mohammad Rohaan as Younger son
- Parth Bisht as Eldest son's son
- Mohammad Rayan as Eldest son's daughter
- Anshul Jain as Stranger in metro
- Avinash Thukral as Boss
- Gaurav Thakur as Employee getting Assaulted
- Raj Kashyap, Saurabh Rawat, Mahesh Manoj as Strangers at poster
- Sofia Rosario as Caucasian child
- Bhavya Mehta as Boyfriend
- Ankita Tamang as Girlfriend
- Rozia Firdaus as Girl on the road
- Deepa Bisht as Girl in the bus
- Sonam Ohri as Stranger in the bus
- Vijay Kumar as Man ogling street poster
- Reena Thukral as Boyfriend's mother
- Writer, Director and Editor – Utkarsh Thukral
- Producer – Vijay Kumar
- Cinematographer – Anshul Uniyal
- Production design and Costumes – Asthasoom Sharma
- Sound – Bhavesh Sharma, Anshul Jain
- Music – Anshul Jain
- Hair and make up – Samridhi Thukral, Simi Kumari
- Set photographer – Raj Kashyap
- DI Colorist – Saurabh Rawat
- CGI and post production – Swastika Film, New Delhi
The idea of the film is based on a real life experience that Utkarsh Thukral had in his later teen years. He was playing street cricket with his neighborhood buddies, when the ball was hit away for a six and the fielder found a box of condoms, while looking for the ball. Not knowing what the product was, he declared it as a box of chewing gums. After a brief inspection of the box and on hearing about it, every boy of the team pounced. While, some got to eat full condoms, rest got to share pieces between them. As it was later discovered in the day that the perceived gum was a condom, the introduction of condom in our lives was not the way it was supposed to be.
This experience always remained in my teen memory & as I questioned its validity more & more as I grew up, I had hard facts to digest. Most of the Indians are still embarrassed to buy condoms due to smirks & winks that it can accompany. Moreover, a patriarchic culture is prevelant in our country, where, virginity is still worshiped, the topic of sex in families is considered taboo with little or no discussion around the same. Therefore, culturally, men & women should keep a healthy distance, dress appropriately & if you have to indulge in any form of love making, it should be done behind locked doors with the room lights off. Sexual desires in the youth and even the elderly are abstained and healthy knowledge about sex, a dream to be accomplished. I wrote & directed this film just to show the fatuous knowledge that Indians have about sex, due to a sort of antipathy towards the topic.
The Film was shot on location, in Oct 2019, New Delhi, with a schedule of 4 days. The film involved filmed scenes with condom on real locations that involved interactions with non-actors, who were later revealed & signed, as cast and added to the film.
The post production of the film was Done at Swastika Films, New Delhi. The indulgent post production lasted 5 months that included Film Editing, Vfx & Digital Intermediate. Original Music for the film has been composed by Anshul Jain.
The film has been selected as a finalist at the 26th International Film Festival Golden Beggar, under the 25 minutes fiction category & has won the Highest Commendation award at the London Comedy Short Film Festival 2020.
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