Asian Cinema Fund 2018
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|Project||GOODBYE MR. KANAY|
Mr. Digambar Kanay, a retired space scientist lives alone in a large apartment in Pune, India. One day Mr. Kanay experiences memory loss during a live television interview during India’s mission to Mars. Initially simple, later the instances take a serious turn. Mr. Kanay knows it could be onset of Alzheimer’s but is in a state of denial. Aniruddh, a young charismatic man comes to live next door. He is a sales person in a software company making money by selling products for the virtual world. After some initial trouble the two men begin to bond well. At work Namita, a young beautiful woman, boldly makes an advance to strike a friendship with Aniruddh. She is moved by Aniruddh’s concern for Mr. Kanay. But all is not well. Aniruddh comes with baggage from his past. Aniruddh starts entertaining thoughts about taking advantage of Kanay’s deteriorating condition. Goodbye Mr. Kanay unfolds through episodes of deterioration of the two main characters. The older one, once a scientist, becomes a pathetic figure suffering from Alzheimer’s and the younger one whose greed and nefariousness begins to take over. Two dim lights in a room fade out into Phobos and Deimos as Aniruddh bids “Goodbye Mr. Kanay”.
Through Goodbye Mr. Kanay I would like to explore how decaying memory can affect ones daily life when it’s juxtaposed with social media engagement and a new personal connection. There is a large majority of senior citizens who are exploring the internet via social media. Some do it to stay in touch with friends and family, some do it to fight loneliness and others to stay relevant. In this modern world, every person leads two lives - one a physical existence and another a digital/online social media existence. This is a present day representation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I want to expose how a charming nefarious person can take advantage of this dual presence and influence an old decaying mind.