Forty is a film that delves into conversations amongst two generations of women, trying to navigate the questions that we all face everyday but choose to ignore. The film explores a mother-daughter relationship where a young, 20-year old Aparna (Appu), who at the face of grief stumbles upon her mother’s notebook, opening her up to a past life that lived and breathed. With a hint of nostalgia, Forty keeps switching between the past and the present, of all that is said and unsaid. With sombre frames and minimal music, the film tries to maintain its intimacy and desires, celebrating life through different times and spaces.
This film lies close to my heart, since this is my first stint at a fictional story as a filmmaker. This original story is inspired from writings of Emily Dickinson and her personal life – the story is about our lives, and all that we experience within the short time that we all have.