Dr Bhavendu D. L, Thiruvananthapuram

New India Express, 25th May 2017
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Interview by
Dr. Maggie Xavier with Dr D L Bhavendhu—a passionate filmmaker.


Q: Sir can you tell us briefly about yourself?

A: I am  from Thiruvananthapuram

I did my MBBS and DMRD and DNB from Thiruvananthapuram medical College, Worked as adhoc Lecturer in Medical college hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. [ 2005—2012]. Now working as Cons; Radiologist  at Ananthapuri Hospitals Thiruvananthapuram past 6 yrs

Q: In which modalities are you interested in?

A: I work in all modalities

Q: What are your areas of special interest?

A: Passionate about world cinema. Hobbies are photography, music and reading.

Q: Can you say something about your achievements?

A: First short film got selection in the competition section of the International Documentary And Short Film Festival Of Kerala 2017. I am a film society member

Q: Can you tell us about your life as filmmaker?

A: Before two years I went for a course in film making. There is a film academy in Chennai, which has a branch in Thiruvananthapuram. I went for a course there. It was on weekends. We are given training in pre-production, production and post-production. At the end of the course, every batch of students has to do a film. I chose a Malayalam short story, based on which I did my film.

Q: Who all help you? Or who are the team members?

A: The academy helps us. My batchmates also help me. We work as a group, but the chunk of the work is done by me. I chose the actors and actresses.Mrs.Sajitha Madathil has acted in my film.

Q: Where did you shoot? Budget?

A: Shooting was mostly in Thiruvananthapuram. We have to bear all the expenses. The academy will help us a bit.

Q: What Was The Theme

A: I chose a Malayalam short story, based on which I did my film. This is my first short film. The film was named “DWANDHWAM”. This six-minute long film titled DWANDHWAM means DUEL which speaks about the inner conflict of mind. The plot revolves around two characters.

Q: Sir I heard you are on to your second short film. Can you tell us about it?

A: Yes. I also did a second short film DATHAM. Just got the mail that it has been accepted for the short film section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Q: Sir can you tell us about your family?

A: Wife HSS Teacher, Son 12 Yrs, Daughter 9 Yrs

Dr. Deepak Jain, Calicut

Q: Sir, can you tell us briefly about yourself?

A: I belong to Indore in MP. I did my MBBS and MD from GR Medical College, Gwalior. For the last 24 years, I am in Calicut, Kerala. My wife, Dr. Pramila Jain, is MD Microbiologist. I have two kids and both of them are Software engineers. I have an Ultrasound clinic, opposite medical college.

Q:  Sir , Can you tell us about your hobbies?

A:  My hobbies are meditation, healing, preaching, astrology, travelling, reading books, gardening, cooking, singing, dancing, interacting with people from all over the world, trekking and walking. I also like playing chess, table tennis and badminton. I love watching FIFA world cup and movies inspired by true stories. In addition to these, I am a foodie and I love playing with kids and watching their innocence.

Q: Sir, I have heard that you took an initiative to plant saplings several years ago in Calicut, a project which is has increased the green cover around Calicut substantially; Can you tell us about it?

A: I had initiated tree planting in various areas of Calicut. Just as the saying goes – ‘As you sow, so you reap’, we are still reaping the benefits of what we had sown.

Q: Any other plans in your mind Sir?

A: I am planning to unite the radiologists in Kerala as a family and encourage everyone to have a lot of picnics. My intention is to have ‘Fun and Frolic Association’ as the nickname of the Radiology club of Kerala. I believe in setting an example for others.

Q: Your future plans?

A:  According to the 5 year plan that I have set for myself, I am targetting to scale the Himalayas and the Alps of Switzerland. Also included in the plan are flight simulation training and sky diving.

Q: What keeps you going?

 A: Discipline, Vegetarian food, No smoking, No alcohol

Q: Any advice for Gen next?

 A: D3 would be my advice: Determination, Discipline, Devotion.

[Post Scriptum—Dr Deepak Jain would personally plant several thousands of  mango saplings in and around Calicut as a result of which he developed De Quervain’s disease]


Dr Deepak Jain’s album