Hemlock Society Srijit's new film on "suicide workshop"

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Srijit Mukherjee, whose 'Autograph' and 'Baishe Shraban' brought audience back to Bengali screens, says his next film which deals with the subject of assisted suicide is a rediscovery of supremacy of life over death.


'Hemlock Society', his upcoming movie, tells the unique story of a man who runs a workshop where lessons are given on how to commit suicide successfully. The school has on its roll professors who demonstrate fail-safe methods in committing suicide.


The director denies that the film is a glorification of self-destruction, saying that though the subject is dark, there lies behind its veneer the deeper issues of life and love.


"We are in no way glorifying suicide which is there only to serve the purpose of a gritty suspense thriller, and with a little bit of introspection on life," Srijit explains. 'Hemlock Society' in fact advocates celebration of life which is manifested through love, the filmmaker told PTI.


"As it happens, the suicide school, poster visuals of a poison-filled bottle and the hangman's noose are all meant to accentuate the suspense," he pointed out.


Asked if the theme of assisted suicide is not a promotion of euthanasia (mercy killing), Srijit replied in the negative, insisting once again that it neither legitimates suicide, nor any other mode of death. PTI


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