Jobin K. Andrews takes upon himself the responsibility of telling the world the untold side of city development in his film Look For The Small Print
“The story begins with a small family of three and their upwardly mobile lifestyle. The father orders pizza for his son and we show how much trouble the pizza guy has to go through to deliver it on time.
There is traffic, he falls down and contends with various problems the city poses till he can do his job,” says Jobin K Andrews, a software professional and director of the film.
He did a short course in direction with Prakash Belawadi and followed that up with a script-writing course before he made his film and released it about seven months ago. From it’s date of release, the film has travelled to various forums where people have debated and discussed the questions that the filmmaker asks through his depiction.
The 20-minute documentary gives the audience a sketch of the impact of globalisation and repercussions it has on a holistic lifestyle.
Set in Bangalore, Jobin has showcased the decadence of namma Silicon Valley in the changing times, a growth that has gone unchecked post liberalization.
He says, “Keeping Bangalore as the context, this is the IT city. There are so many MNCs that have come in and continue to grow and while that has it’s plus points, Bangalore does not have the place or resources to support that many people.” However, he does not blame MNCs entirely and says that they are not at fault, “It is our responsibility as well.” His concern does not end with the pressures on the environment and he continues, “On one side there has been rapid expansion with big buildings, water and electricity problems, pollution, but on the other we are failing to see how our family life is slowly eroding. Our biggest problem is that we are not scrutinizing the future.”
The protagonist in Jobin’s film is a workaholic dedicated to his desk and client; he neglects his family and makes his profession his main priority. These are not situations and characters that he has concocted, they are all people he knows, and he says, “I work in IT so I know people who live mechanical lives and are caught in a vicious cycle of stress and anxiety. When they should actually be worried about having no time for themselves or their family, they are compromising on their personal life for materialistic things.”