India | 2016 | 73 mins | Himachali | Director Attending
Set in the Kangra Valley, close to Dharamshala, Mane de Phere is the story of an orphan who grows up to be a responsible citizen but neglects his own needs in the process—ending up single and lonely. On a friend’s insistence, he gets married and starts a fresh life but, within a matter of months, develops schizophrenia. His thoughts race, confusion replaces clarity and madness becomes his new reality. Thus begins an internal battle—fought with his wife at his side—against a terrifying illness that robs him of the ability to trust friends and family and, after a certain point, even himself.
Sanjeev Kumar was born and raised in the village of Khanyara, Dharamshala. He studied for an MA in theatre and arts at Panjab University, Chandigarh, during which time he was involved in more than 40 theatre workshops and productions. Sanjeev went on to act as chief associate to Vidhu Vinod Chopra on his feature films Kareeb (1998) and Mission Kashmir (2000), in which he also acted. He has written many plays and short stories, and directed the shorts Panchakki (2011) and Dile Ch Basya Koi (2012)—the latter featuring dialogue in the Dogri language.