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About My New Film "De Nova"

De Nova - 'The road less trodden'

Everyone in the world inevitably has or had to go through tragedies at some point of their lives. How do they overcome these tragedies? There are lots of ways to tackle them, and the way they choose for overcoming them depends upon their persona. Some choose simple methods, some choose complex methods and some uses spiritual methods. Those people who try to overcome them by spiritual methods, normally can be satisfied with rituals and ceremonies than diving deep into the spiritual ocean and collecting gems.

This film is about a family who tries to overcome their tragedy through spiritual redemption. They fathom deeply than be satisfied in the surface. Khalid (35), who is the hero of this film, works with a reputed television channel as a program producer. This young man is a portrayal of the modern youth who believes that celebration is life; he uses each and every moment solely for entangling in enjoyments. His wife Zainb (28) is serene and wise. Along with her house hold chores, she has also found time to study Islamic literature, Sufism and Zen. There is no wonder in her interest according to her spirituality because her father was a reputed Sufi scholar. He taught her how to lead a  moral life by escaping from sins and temptations of this colorful world. But at some point, she has forgotten that precious wisdom and allured in the glitters. They have a kid whose name is Farhan(8). Both the parents have deep rooted relationship with their kid.

As time goes on, the family faced a tragedy during the 'Dul Hajj' month. Khalid was unable to come in terms with it, eventually becomes melancholic. He has become absent minded and hallucination caught him. Zainab becomes restrained after a couple of months, starts the soul searching journey towards the truth, finally understand the meaning of life. After knowing it, she tries to help her family to surpass the tragedy. But things start to go out of her hands, so she compels them to do Hajj.

They start the holy pilgrimage and performed all the sacred rites in Mecca and Madina. During the tour, her heart beyond religious confinement became broaden that the whole universe is encompassed in it. But her family has not been that broad, so they fall into depression again and again, even after such a sacred pilgrimage. She then takes a powerful weapon from her spiritual armory and shoots directly to their heart. The ignorance which used to cover the hearts is cast off, because darkness cannot prevail when light enters the arena. She shows the way to the family, by portraying the concept that 'life itself is a sacrifice for truth' by leading her own life. Gaining from that spiritual reservoir, the new Khalid now decides to rewrite his life and career. In that endeavor, he faces professional challenges and in the end he asks a few serious questions to the television media, which cannot be answered that easily by the TV media which celebrates its 50th anniversary. Finally with the help of Zainab, his spiritual transition blossoms to lofty heights.

Thus, this film is a sacred journey from worldly enjoyment to philosophical ecstasy. Even though Zainab transcends her role from house wife to a Spiritual Master, she never renounces her house wife title. I choose such a theme, mainly for 2 reasons. There is common notion that woman have less spiritual powers than Men. I don't believe in that notion. I believe that truth is genderless and religion-less, so who ever seek truth, will find it, irrespective of gender and religions they hold. So this is the first reason for me to choose a female master. Second one is, there is another common notion that, one cannot find truth by doing their own duty.

I want to say, anyone can find truth even while they perform everyday duties of life. So this film simply shows the stardom of Zainab who acquired the intellect from the family lineage. And without some sort of lineage, wisdom is impossible. There are only very few characters in this film, because it deals mainly with overcoming depression. So we might confine the scenes mainly on that topic and evaded other areas. It’s just a panoramic view of Zainab and her family in spiritual realms. I have tried 5 cinematic methods to convey that philosophical realm for the audience. So the treatment of the film will be through the following:

1. Visuals

2. Subtle movements

3. Surrealism.

4. Chanting

5. Scenes that have meanings beneath its surface.