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Coimbatore

This `Lens’ turns on us

Subhashini R

A few months after the sensational #suchileaks, people are still reeling over how such private moments have been blown out of proportion and shared on most Internet platforms. We get thousands of warnings from parents and responsible adults telling us not to post private pictures or videos on the internet and many do not heed to them.

It is here that Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan, a socially-inclined director of bilingual movie `Lens’, makes us think twice about what we have viewed guiltily on the Internet.

The movie deals with the story of a man who engages in a virtual sexual intercourse with a partner on the internet which is recorded and used by another man who demands that he wants to watch the latter commit suicide on Skype. Or else, he would release the private video.

The fast-paced thriller is actually the brain child of director, writer and actor Radhakrishnan when he was casually chatting with a friend over Skype. “The thing about technology is that while we are actually together, we are very apart from each other and cannot stop the action of the other,” he says.

There is a dialogue in the movie where a character says, “The curiosity to know about other people’s life is what takes our life forward.” The director’s thoughts mirror this when he comments on the idea of privacy in today’s world. “It is not just viewed, it is actually shared and put on public platforms. This displays the twisted attitude of human beings,” he says, revealing the moral theme that lies underneath the script of the movie which is all about the responsibility we have online. “When the audience come out of the theatre, they must feel that they should not view private content of others or share it. This is the mature message I wanted to send across to the society.” he discloses.

The movie is named `Lens’ as it is natural for us to wonder what point of view is represented by camera. The director believes it reflects the view of society, a hypocritical scope where grey areas emerge as exploiting us. He uses it as a way to represent the dark side of human nature. Recounting Amanda’s suicide note on YouTube, he says his endeavour has been to make us think of what voyeurism does to families and make us repent.

“We all live under a facade, a mask which when forced to face consequences crumbles under the fearsome pressure,” he adds.

The movie leaves the audience wonder who the protagonist and the antagonist are. It is that tragic note which leaves us to introspect as we have both within us.

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