This short film follows a young girl who, in a quick glance, doesn’t seem to have any concerns. With her well-manicured brightly colored nails, her tattoo on Buddhist enlightenment, it seems as if she is doing well in life. But few seconds into the film it is evident that things are not as rosy as we assumed. Her hands restlessly comfort herself while trembling in distress. When she notices it, she decides to reach out to people close to her. That’s when the true nightmare begins.
It is brushed off as something caused by evil eye that can be solved with a religious thread around her arm. It is diminished to mild stress that can be relieved with a distraction or a vacation. It is simplified to tension that meditation can cure. It is equated to sadness that alcohol can help forget. She knows none of these “solutions” are going to help her, but with no better awareness she almost loses hope. Then one person arrives and without advising, without prematurely offering solutions, empathetically listens to her. The only person to look at the other side and uncover the depth of her pain made visible through scars from deliberate self-harm, some healed some still fresh.
She is offered hope & reassurance, and guided to the right mental health care.
The title ‘மீள்’ indicates the need for those in distress to ‘recover’ with appropriate mental health interventions and for the public to ‘recover’ from their misconceptions and lack of awareness.