Director: Aditya Kripalani
Language: VOSE | VOSC
Aliah Rupawala, is a 24-year-old Bohri Muslim girl from a very traditional family. She secretly becomes a Suicide Prevention Counsellor and on her first day she encounters a 52-year-old man about to jump from the terrace of a high-rise. As she begins to try to bring him down, she is forced to confront why she became a Suicide Prevention Counsellor in the first place, and also share a lot of herself to get him to share and open up. Going all in, to save him, she begins to deal with and release the loneliness and grief in herself to be able to do the same in the caller. And in doing so, ends up healing not just her own heart, but also the heart of the man who has called.
Writer and director, Aditya Kripalani is a script writing graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India. Kripalani has also been a script consultant on ‘Tahaan’ which won the High Commendation in the Children’s Feature Film section at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards., the CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l’ Enfant et la Jeunesse), the UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in 2008, and the German Star of India award” at “Bollywood and Beyond” festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009. Since 2008 he’s written 3 bestselling novels, ‘Back Seat’, ‘Front Seat’ and ‘Tikli and Laxmi Bomb’. His third novel, became his first feature film, which he wrote, directed and produced. The film has won the Best Film award at the 9th Berlin Independent Film Festival, 2018; Best Film – Gender Equality award at the 20th UK Asian Film Festival, 2018 & Best feature at the New Jersey Indian & International Film festival, 2018 etc. In 2018, Aditya Kripalani wrote, directed and produced his second film, ‘The Incessant Fear of Rape’(Netflix). This film was screened at the Kala Ghoda Art festival in Mumbai, the 21st UK Asian Film Festival in London, UK,Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey, Split Film Festival, Croatia. In 2019, Aditya’s third feature film, ‘Devi Aur Hero’ (The Goddess and the Hero) won the Best film award in the NETPAC Category at the 25th Kolkata International Film festival, 2019. Aditya Kripalani has also been a writer and Creative Director in advertising in India, Singapore & Malaysia with wins at Cannes, the Korean Ad Stars and the Malaysian Kancil awards over the years.