During her graduation project titled 'BUA', Kratika's goal was to create an original 2D animation short film. The story was inspired by her deaf and mute aunt and a real-life incident that happened to her and a friend during her third year at NID.
The plot revolves around the struggles of the protagonist when she gets separated from her niece in a crowded 'mela'. The story also explores the relationship between Bua and her niece and the communication fluency they share despite Bua's disability. She struggles to communicate with others in the process of finding her back and goes back down memory lane, remembering her and her young niece playing and doing fun things like shadow puppetry, making origami, and playing hide and seek. The niece who was also looking for her saw her from a distance and tried to reach her but a wave of the crowd didn't let her get to her aunt. Despite her being close to her aunt, she was unable to reach her because of the crowd or make Bua notice because of Bua’s inability to hear.
The core objective of this film is to make people aware of the vulnerability of differently challenged people. This story inspires people to become more aware and understanding when they deal with people with special needs and to treat them with kindness and forbearance. The film tries to tear down these disability barriers so that people do not alienate them or treat them as lesser human beings by giving them an insight into their daily struggles.
Childhood, Differently-abled, Family, Hearing-impaired, Mela