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CHENNAI: Covid-19 has triggered loads of modifications in us and the world round us. Whereas safeguarding our bodily well being through the pandemic was the best precedence, many people additionally discovered that psychological wellness is not any much less essential. The introduction of the brand new challenges like social distancing and quarantine made the going more durable, reminding us of the necessity to concentrate on our psychological well being.
The ninth version of Body of Thoughts, an annual movie pageant on psychological well being performed by SCARF, centring across the theme ‘Dealing with the brand new regular – Psychological well being throughout Covid occasions’, was performed on-line on December 18 and 19. The movie pageant, which was held in a digital format for the primary time, included screenings of 13 brief movies based mostly on the theme, and the winners have been bestowed with the prizes by director-cinematographer Rajiv Menon.
A particular panel dialogue on ‘Portrayal of Psychological well being Professionals in Regional cinema, in current occasions – Its impression on Public attitudes’ on day 2, was moderated by psychiatrist Dr R Mangala and had audio system from the movie business akin to administrators Vetrimaaran and Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, author Cable Sankar, and well being care professionals Dr Rangarajan Narayanan and Dr Jaya Shreedha.
The panel began with a dialogue in regards to the portrayal of psychological well being professionals in cinema over the a long time. Citing examples from varied movies, Dr Mangala expressed concern that psychiatrists are sometimes proven as caricatures they usually steadily find yourself because the villain’s sidekick, comical aid or serial killers. “Individuals need pleasure in movies they usually love thriller.
The lack of knowledge about psychological well being professionals provides writers the scope to include them into the story because the thriller issue and play with it,” stated Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, explaining the current pattern of incorporating a psychiatrist in whodunits and crime thrillers. Dr Rangarajan acknowledged that psychiatrists are regular, susceptible people like everybody, and they don’t possess particular mind-reading or mind-controlling powers as proven in movies. “Solely Rajinikanth (referring to his function in Chandramukhi) can learn minds, not us.
A psychiatrist might help a affected person via psychotherapy provided that he’s prepared to cooperate. We are able to’t hypnotise a affected person to get info from them.” Vetri Maaran stated the illustration of psychological well being in cinema is a common drawback and one which isn’t restricted to regional movies. He shared that change and consciousness should start from society to succeed in the silver display. “Individuals have began looking for the assistance of execs after they really feel mentally unwell, slightly than attempting to type it out on their very own or with the assistance of these near them.
This modification might be mirrored on display quickly.” He additionally added that it’s essential for filmmakers to get assist from psychiatrists whereas penning such movies and observe selfcensorship to stop the exhibition of dangerous content material. “I didn’t point out the identify of the poison or its proportion in my Oor Iravu (Paava Kadhaigal). I consider each filmmaker should take such efforts to make sure that their movies aren’t promoting one thing dangerous to their viewers.”