Writer: Abilash Geetha Balan

The Flying Girl!

I was traveling from Chennai to Hyderabad in a bus during the day, A young girl sat next to me. She was in her early 20s, she seemed to be disturbed quite a lot. It seemed like she was arguing with herself.
Maybe her first breakup, I thought. I did not want to trouble her.

FLying Girl Discussion between Characters

I started to gaze outside the window. The bus was running by the paddy fields and it was sunny outside. I tried to close the window. Suddenly, I felt a touch on my shoulder, I slowly turned. She looked at me gently smiled and asked me. “Can I ask you something?”
I was happy to chat with her, looking at her in pain for this long. “Yes please.”

She hesitantly said, “If you had a chance to possess a superpower what would it be? I was surprised to hear this question. This seemed totally out of context. I thought for a moment before I responded, “Well I would like the power of controlling people’s mind She interrupted, “I would like the power to fly.” she continued

The Flying GIrl Story by ABilash

I should be able to fly anywhere I want. Far away from problems. If you are facing a problem anywhere, get up and fly somewhere else.” She said and went back to silence and deep into her thoughts again.

“Well it sounded reasonable to me, and i followed it up with another question. To date, I do not know why I asked, that question to her. That one question changed my life forever and has been haunting
me ever since.

“What happens if you have too many problems? I asked it with a smile on my face.

She gently responded with a smile. You can always DECIDE TO END IT.’

She seems to have already lost interest in the conversation. I followed it up with another question. Where are you going to?

She said “JATINGA ASSAM.” And turned her face around and closed her eyes avoiding me.

I realized the conversation was over. She was far away from her destination Assam, I thought.

After a couple of days, while I was at work I decided to Google the place JATINGA.

I had the shock of my life. I was startled and my whole body started shivering…

Jatinga Bird Suicide Spot

–‘Jatinga, a village on a ridge, is located in Dima Hasao district, Assam State in India. It is 330 kilometers south of Guwahati. It is most famous for the phenomenon of BIRDS “COMMITTING SUICIDE”.

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Screenplay Pitch of The Flying Girl!

Title: The Flying Girl!

Genre: Drama / Mystery

Logline of the Flying Girl

A chance encounter on a bus journey leads a man into a deep exploration of human emotions and the mysterious phenomenon of Jatinga, where birds are said to commit suicide.

Setting: The story unfolds on a bus traveling from Chennai to Hyderabad, extending to the mysterious village of Jatinga in Assam.

Main Characters:

  1. Narrator/Protagonist: A thoughtful individual on a routine journey, open to the mysteries of life.
  2. The Young Girl: In her early 20s, troubled and introspective, seeking escape from her problems.

Synopsis of “The Flying Girl”

The story begins with the Narrator embarking on a daytime bus journey from Chennai to Hyderabad. He notices a young girl in her early 20s, visibly disturbed and lost in thought, sitting next to him. The Narrator, initially hesitant to intrude, eventually engages in conversation with her.

Their dialogue starts with an unexpected question from the girl about choosing a superpower. The Narrator opts for mind control, while the girl expresses a desire to fly away from problems, symbolizing her wish for escape. The conversation takes a deeper turn when the Narrator asks about dealing with numerous problems, to which she ominously suggests one can always “decide to end it.”

The girl reveals she is traveling to Jatinga, Assam, a place unknown to the Narrator. After the journey, intrigued by the mention of Jatinga, the Narrator discovers its eerie reputation as a site where birds are believed to commit suicide. This revelation sends him into a spiral of reflection, linking the girl’s wish to escape with the birds’ mysterious behavior in Jatinga.

Themes and Tone

The film explores themes of escape, the human psyche, and the intersection of myth and reality. The tone is contemplative and mysterious, with an undercurrent of suspense.

Unique Selling Points:

  • The intriguing and lesser-known phenomenon of Jatinga provides a unique and compelling backdrop.
  • The story delves into deep psychological themes through a simple yet profound narrative.
  • The blend of real-life mystery with human drama offers a fresh take on the drama/mystery genre.

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