I’m already well into my Halloween celebration. This past Sunday, I threw my family’s traditional Halloween party, an event I’ve taken over for my dearly departed mother who always found so much joy in throwing family dinners and get togethers, including our annual Halloween party. Over the years, our family has celebrated the holiday with storytelling, games, pumpkin carving competitions, scary movies, trick-o-treating and lots of good food and sweet treats.
I suppose one of the reasons I love Halloween is that it’s filled with family and fun. But I also love Halloween because it’s the one day of the year you can be whatever you choose to be. A day of dress up when you can don a costume or mask and be free of gender, race and age and, therefore, the preconceived notions of others based upon them.
And isn’t it just fun to play dress up? To imagine yourself to be stronger, braver, wilder, wackier, more famous, more powerful, more super than you already are? Or maybe you’re the type who likes to dip into the dark side and explore the menacing and macabre, dressing up as something wicked, undead or down-right terrifying.
With a plethora of superhero and zombie films ruling the box office over the past several years, superhero and zombie Halloween costumes are as popular as ever. Now, dragging my undead body around trying to avoid a Zombieland double tap doesn’t sound nearly as fun as having superhuman, physics-defying, superpowers and saving the world. That said, I’d choose being a superhero over a zombie any day.
Actually, I love superheroes and long for superpowers so much that I began producing and directing a superhero short film titled Priyanath this fall.
It’s been a blast working on the film. We’ve have a talented crew of professionals and an outstanding cast to bring this film to life. Our cast includes Krishna Smitha and Ram Lakkoju who star alongside our young star Likith Yalam. Working with Likith and dressing him up as a superhero reminded me a lot of Halloween. We got to play and use our imaginations to create our own little world. And it’s been a lot of fun. I guess one of the best things about filmmaking is that it’s a lot like Halloween, full of costumes, make-up and characters; and sometimes it’s scary too!
Happy Halloween, Everyone!