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Watch: ‘ShutUp’ has a novel solution to the attacks on free speech

Ashutosh Pathak’s short film looks at the attacks on the freedom of expression through the eyes of a reluctant protester.

How do you protest when no one listens to you? That’s the central question of the 19-minute short film ShutUp directed by Ashutosh Pathak and released by Sikhya Entertainment on its YouTube channel.

The fires of protest burn within 20-something Arjun (Arjun Radhakrishnan) but few are willing to buy his outrage. His partner Samiya (Anuritta K Jha) thinks it’s only an excuse to miss an appointment with her parents. His chest-thumping brother-in-law (Kartik Krishnan) thinks it’s teenage angst. And the fact of the matter is that Arjun isn’t sure what he’s talking about either.

He knows that Dub Sharma’s mashup of Kanhaiya Kumar’s Azadi slogans fires him up. He knows that “fat” comedians getting beaten up for making jokes is wrong, and that students should be able to say whatever they feel like, but he doesn’t know what to do about it. Paralysed by fear and doubts over the futility of protest, Arjun dithers over attending a rally to protest the sustained attacks on the freedom of expression.

One of the best moments takes place inside an autorickshaw. Shameen (Aakash Prabhakar), a “part Muslim” who is frustrated by the constant feeling of not belonging, loudly yells “Beef” as a form of protest. Shameen used to carry pepper spray to protect himself from physical attacks, but has now shifted to chilli powder in case the police get suspicious about a Muslim with a weapon. The acting is stilted at times, but the strong writing drives the momentum.

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These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast

That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.

Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.

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You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.

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Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.

To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.

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Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.

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If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.

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The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!

Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).

So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:

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