The idea of the film is based on a real life experience that Utkarsh had in his later teen years. He was playing street cricket with his neighborhood buddies, when the ball was hit away for a six and the fielder found a box of condoms, while looking for the ball. Not knowing what the product was, he declared it as a box of chewing gums. After a brief inspection of the box and on hearing about it, every boy of the team pounced. While, some got to eat full condoms, rest got to share pieces between them. It was later discovered in the day that, the perceived gum was a condom. The introduction of condom in our lives was not the way it was supposed to be.
“This experience always remained in my teen memory & as I questioned its validity more & more as I grew up, I had hard facts to digest. Most of the Indians are still embarrassed to buy condoms due to smirks & winks that it can accompany.” claims Utkarsh. Moreover, a culture of patriarchy is prevalent in our country, where, virginity is still worshiped, the topic of sex in families is considered taboo with little or no discussion around the same.
Culturally, men & women should keep a healthy distance, dress appropriately & if you have to indulge in any form of love making, it should be done behind locked doors with the room lights off. Sexual desires in the youth and even the elderly are abstained and healthy knowledge about sex, a dream to be accomplished.
“I wrote & directed this film just to show the fatuous knowledge that Indians have about sex, due to a sort of antipathy towards the topic.” Utkarsh says.
Casting for this film faced many hurdles as most of the actors who auditioned declined to do the final scene where, they were supposed to eat condoms. “To get the casting right is everything & casting for death by condom was not at all easy. Many actors whom we auditioned refused to put condom in their mouth citing various reasons like condom is poisonous. One actor even went on to say that condoms come laced with animal semen which, I found to be shocking. It made me realize that most of the people have such ideas about condom possibly because they have never used it. Thus, making our resolve to tell the story even more. ” says Vijay Kumar the producer of the film.
Finally after months of grueling casting process, a group of dedicated actors who truly believed in the message of the film were taken on board. A three day workshop was undertaken with the actors before the principal photography commenced.
The Film was shot on location, in Oct 2019, New Delhi, with a schedule of 4 days. Anshul Uniyal was the cinematographer for the project & Asthasoom Sharma designed the production & did costumes. The filming involved scenes with condoms on real locations that involved interactions with non-actors or real people, who were later revealed & signed as cast and added to the film. The final scene of the film where children eat condoms was performed under strict supervision of their families & a visiting doctor.
Post – production
The post production of the film was completed at Swastika Films, New Delhi. The indulgent post production lasted 5 months that included film editing, VFX & Digital Intermediate. Original Music & sound design for the film has been done by Anshul Jain.
The film won Gold award at Virgin cine fest 2020 & was also awarded Short film of the month at Shorted India. The film made it to the finals at the 26th International Film Festival Golden Beggar, under the 25 minutes fiction category & has won the Highest Commendation award at the London Comedy Short Film Festival 2020. The film was adjudged semi finalist at Assurdo Film Festival.
The film has been certified by the central board of film certification & was given an A certificate without any cuts.
- Condoms that the actors ate were real flavored condoms.
- First movie ever to show characters eating condoms.
- Park love making scenes were shot with real unaware people.