Mon. May 27th, 2019

The Times of Bengal

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Hungama Play premieres ‘New Born Mother’ – a short film on the challenges faced by mothers with postpartum depression

Hungama Play, a leading video on demand platform owned
by Hungama Digital Media, today launched a new short film – New Born Mother. A
drama that deals with the serious, yet, shrouded issue of postpartum depression,
the film highlights the phases that new parents go through and the essence of family
support during motherhood. The short film stars ‘Bar Code’-famed popular film and
television actor Karan Wahi along with Pooja Gor recognized for her titular roles in
popular TV shows, Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya and Ek Nayi Ummeed – Roshni.
Directed by Swati Semwal and produced by First Step Entertainment Capital, New
born Mother will be available to stream on Hungama Play from today.
The short film will also be available to stream through Hungama Play on Vodafone
Play, Amazon Fire TV Stick and SHAREit. Additionally, through Hungama’s
association with Xiaomi consumers will also be able to watch the film via Hungama
Play on Mi TV.
New Born Mother deals with the effect of untreated depression and anxiety on the
new mother, played by Pooja Gor, and captures the difficulties that she faces while
suffering from postpartum depression. It brings out the overwhelming effect that
motherhood has on women and raises awareness on the importance of honest and
loving communication between partners.
Speaking on the release of the short film, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital
Media said, “Our content is curated and created to enhance and enrich the viewing
experience of our users. Our library is multi-lingual and multi-genre in nature and
includes a wide range of Indian and international movies, documentaries, short
films, TV shows, original shows, kids’ content and short format videos, offering
something for everyone. With New Born Mother, we not only intend to provide an
entertaining experience to our users, but also address an important issue.”
Speaking about her film, Swati Semwal said, “New Born Mother is an important film
in today’s time. We live in a society that often disregards the damaging effects of
depression and anxiety. Parenthood is daunting and New Born Mother is an attempt
to reach out to new parents and start a conversation around parenthood and
postpartum depression. We first want people to be aware of postpartum depression
and accept that it exists. Talking about it will only happen when we get aware and
make people aware of it. It is to let new mothers know that they are not alone in this
phase of their lives.”

Karan Wahi, who was last seen in Love Ok Please and recently in Bar Code said, “I
play a new father who is trying to help his wife deal with postpartum depression. At
the same time, he has a new life that he is responsible for and he needs to juggle
both the roles effectively. The role that togetherness plays in bringing someone out
of depression, the essence of a loving communication in healing the mind and heart
has been beautifully brought out in New Born Mother. It is amazing to see how
digital platforms such as Hungama Play and Net Pix Shorts, provide a chance for
directors and actors to showcase their talent and narrate such stories to the
audience.”
Speaking about her role, Pooja Gor said, “As a woman, I can imagine the
overwhelming effect that motherhood could have in one’s life. Being responsible for
a new born often seems daunting and it requires open communication and heartfelt
support from family. New Born Mother explores the various facets of parenthood
and deals with an issue that we should openly talk about. I am proud to have been a
part of a film that conveys a beautiful message of togetherness, love and support
among families.”
Available on Hungama Play starting today, New Born Mother, will join Hungama
Play’s vast content library that includes over 5000 films in English, Hindi and regional
languages, 1500 short films, over 150,000 short format videos in various genres like
music, film gossip, humour etc., originals, kids’ content and TV shows.

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