They alleged my son was on drugs and set himself on fire: Bedabrata Pain

Mumbai, Sep 12 (IANS) Filmmaker Bedabrata Pain has lost his case in a Los Angeles court over his son's death and says the authorities "alleged that my boy was on drugs and set himself on fire". The defence also insinuated that Pain and his wife were better off now since they dodn't have to pay the boy's school fees anymore.

On Sep 13, 2010, filmmakers Bedabrata Pain and Shonali Bose lost their elder son Ishan to a freak electrical accident. The boy was only 16. The couple fought a long and difficult court battle in a court in Los Angeles against the razor company the bereaved parents hold responsible accident.

"Yes, we lost the case. The jury couldn't come to the conclusion that the shaver was at fault. It was a shocking decision. But that's life. For me, it changes nothing. In going through the trial, and having had to review the evidence within the last two years, I was even more convinced that the razor had produced the spark that caused the fire that claimed Ishan's life," said for NASA scientist Pain, who has directed "Chittagong" based on the actual events of 1930 Chittagong Uprising.

While Bedo, as his friends call him, has come to terms with the court's decision, his wife, who directed "Amu", is very angry.

"She is campaigning for the product to be taken off the market. I understand her indignance. But I can't share it. Even if we had won the case what value could they've put on our boy's life? She is in Delhi with my son Vivan who is now studying there. It was getting very diffucult for my wife and son to stay in LA. So we're now in India for the next two years," Bedo said.

The couple has temporarily moved to India with their younger son Vivan.

"In some ways, I've made peace with the court verdict, though I am convinced more than ever that it was the razor that killed my son. But then now I ask myself, what would happen even if we won the case? It wouldn't bring Ishan back.

"I am going through very complicated emotions. I can't really express it. However the callousness of the razor company just makes me so sad. Even after we informed them of the tragedy, they didn't make even one attempt at investigation. Instead, they started making all kinds of allegations against Ishan," said Pain.

Apparently it was alleged in the court that Ishan was on drugs and had deliberately set himself on fire.

"See, Ishan was a fantastic student and a really good boy. He never touched alcohol or cigarettes. They alleged that my boy was on drugs and set himself on fire. Can you believe this? Apparently kids in the US set themselves on fire after consuming some kinds of drugs. And this, mind you, when there was no evidence in the bathroom (where Ishan got burnt while shaving) of any fire-producing element anywhere."

There was worse to come. The defence in the court actually insinuated that Bedo and his wife were better off now since they didn't have to pay Ishan's school fees.

"They asked during the trial how much was my son's annual school fees. Then they said, 'Okay, so during the last two years you didn't have to pay 58,000 dollars, right?' Believe it or not, they were saying we're better off since Ishan is not there.

"This is all on-record. These were the questions that my wife Shonali and I were asked. They then asked, 'How much did you spend on your son's clothes?...How much have your grocery bills come down by?'"

Bedo looks back on the journey since the bereavement with amazement.

"I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have 'Chittagong' to make. I've dedicated 'Chittagong' to Ishan. Shonali and I wanted to cast Ishan as the main protagonist in 'Chittagong'. The character suited him. Finally, he didn't play the role. But he was the film's biggest supporter. No one could dare say anything bad about the film when he was around. The film ends with him.

"At the end I've sung a song titled 'Ishan' which Prasoon Joshi wrote. I had to sing for my boy.It fits in beautifully with the theme. Ishan in Bengali means that first storm in the summer that takes away all the decay and stagnancy. That's what my film is about. When Prasoon sent us the lines, I immediately decided to sing it. My composers Shankar Mahadevan encouraged me. He said no one had the right to sing it as much I did. I agree."

Now there is a memorial screening of Chittagong for Ishan on Oct 3.

"We wanted to do it on September 13 on Ishan's death anniversary. But we aren't ready. I'd like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Jayadi, Abhishek and Aishwarya to be present.

"When I had decided to make 'Chittagong', I had gone to Jayadi to seek her blessings. I am trying to live my life the way Ishan would have wanted me to. But it isn't easy. Someone up there decided to take my surname (Pain) too seriously."

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