Abhishek Verma (22), an IIT-Bombay based student, has won the Best Short Film Award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014, for his animation film on last year’s acid attack at Bandra Railway Station, Mumbai. The student has also won nomination at the World Festival of Animation, Croatia. Abhishek Verma stated that he was moved after seeing the sketches and writings drawn by the victim published in Mumbai Mirror. The film, named ‘Chasni’ (The Sugar Syrup), is a five minutes and five second duration film which has 1200 sequences of drawings done by Abhishek. He also stated that his film is not on violence but about how such victims get discriminated by the society. His purpose behind making this project was to create a sense of introspection on this aspect. The film concludes with the message to the public that there are 9000 other victims who have not been in public space.
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