This short film explores the different problems faced by Dharini during the onset of her menopause and the disregard she deals with from her son, Ved, whose support she most desires during this trying time. As Dharini tends to her terrace garden, her only source of hope is a pomegranate tree that she had planted, blooming with fruit. Dharini tries to connect with her son through this, but all attempts go in vain as Ved focuses on other things in his life, leaving his mother and her terrace garden unappreciated.
The anxiety, loneliness and emotional stress the mother faces due to her menopausal phase commencing overpower her, culminating in a breaking point of her relationship with her son. ‘Umaj’ is an introspective about human actions and assumptions; how societal norms and taboos surrounding this negatively affect the families in our society. It is a short film that strives to create a dialogue amongst the youth in the country and urges them to initiate these conversations within their household, with their loved and dear ones to improve society at large and better the lives of the ones that love unconditionally.
Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Film, Marathi