SUNO : A Call of Conscience

Shubham Yogi‘s new short film SUNO is extremely relevant and timely for today’s times as it brings the conversations around marital consent, entitlement and domestic violence to the center stage. The film becomes far more effective as it chooses to tell the story in an urban elite setup, where it is almost considered a given that both partners in a marriage will be far more woke and empathetic in their understanding for each other’s agency and concurrence for a conjugal encounter.

SUNO negates that assumption by exposing how the social or economical stature is often of no relevance when it comes to taking your partner for granted, or for being completely dead on conscience to normalize the entitled behavior as if nothing happened. In fact, the hypocrisy residing in the plush living rooms of many modern homes is the real horror story that will possibly never come out as a #MeToo account, because even the abused partner is mostly conditioned to treat it as normal and not raise a voice to avoid societal shaming. Shubham Yogi is interested in challenging that status quo and wants voices to be raised and issues to be heard and realised across the bedroom.

Sumit Vyas and Amrita Puri are an apparently happy urban working couple, and we meet Puri as she is seeking medical help for a visible physical wound that resulted from their last violent sexual encounter. Vyas trivializes it as just another accident, thereby indicating that this might have been a regular part of their conjugal relationship, and his solution to her issue is to advice Puri to skip office for a week and avoid curious eyes. He becomes visibly upset as Puri decides to approach a support group (again indicating that it might have been going on for some time for her to eventually realize that enough is enough), which finally gives her the strength to speak up. Does the voice of reason finally pierce through a distant conscience? Watch SUNO to find out more.

The film works so well because it keeps it tight to a crisp eleven minute running timeline, and keeps the treatment subtle and minimalistic. That helps to build up enough intrigue through the screenplay to capture the dilemma of Amrita Puri between right and expected and finally take a stand. The writing also does well to expose Sumeet Vyas‘s passive aggressiveness and subtle manipulation beyond his elitism and apparent compassion. And both Vyas and Puri do very well to bring Yogi’s vision alive on screen. Sumeet Vyas has always been very good playing such layered urban characters, and we definitely want to see more of Amrita Puri on screen in such interesting roles.

Thank you Shubham Yogi for this well crafted and much needed call of conscience. One can only hope that the world around is listening and peeping inside – of their bedrooms and their minds.

SUNO – dekho – socho!

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2 thoughts on “SUNO : A Call of Conscience

  1. Neha

    “last violent sexual encounter.”? I dont think that they have a habit of this or that she is used to it. As the description of the film on youtube says “An experimental night in bed ends up with a mark”. Obviously they were experimenting and by accident she got hurt. I don’t think it indicates that he has been violent in the past or that she is used to it. The thing I got out of it was he never listens(maybe hears, but ignores) to her “marzi”. It was about consent and not violence is what I made out of it. Her being dragged by her colleague to support group gave her the assertiveness and awareness that her consent matters. I think she was conditioned to thinking that it didnt matter, but now she takes a stand.

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    1. Neha

      And also that he wasn’t aware that it wasnt consentual(apparent in his expression and their conversation about “tumne mana bhi to nahi kiya”). Conditioning as it works teaches men that they can take what they want and this is no different. That even if she says no, she wants it. That conditioning comes from generations of “uski naa mein haan hai” type stuff and for women it is that you give in, don’t be forthcoming or forthright, don’t assert etc etc…

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