Amazon Prime Video’s Ek Mini Katha released on 27th May and the reviews of this uber unconventional light-hearted, romantic comedy dealing with the taboo subject of ‘small penis syndrome’ has amassed largely positive reviews from both film critics and audiences. The films leading actor Santhosh Shoban opened up about his preparation for the role movieand said that the small penis issue is a big deal for a lot of people.
“I did read up and I did my own bit of research. It’s a film that does not just deal with (the) small penis syndrome, but there’s a larger picture to it. It’s not about just one guy, it is about all of us. In most phases of our life, we all feel that we are not enough. It deals with a bigger message. I always told Gandhi sir ‘You did not write a good script. I think you wrote a great script.’ I truly believe it’s a great film, in the most mainstream commercial format. He had the courage to speak the truth. I wanted to get in the zone and read up about it, but Gandhi sir, and Karthik believe in timing and deal with performances on the spot. It is a new kind of performance preparation I have learnt from them.”
Following his Venkatadri Express fame, Merlapaka Gandhi has garnered a lot of professional experience and held quite a vast portfolio in this coming-of-the-age rom-com. Not only has Gandhi penned the concept down into an elegant script but has mentored it as well. Speaking about the research to portray this issue in the film, Gandhi said, “I did my part of the research, studied about the subject that can make me understand the problem and the information that can be used in the film. I started reading articles about it, met doctors for this and the statistics of people being affected by this problem. We tried to add a little fun to this character and make it a fun film to watch.”
Ek Mini Katha is bold in its messaging and the makers have managed to bring out a truly social uncomfortable but poignant message to the wider discourse and manages to bring out the sensitive subject of penis size in a light-hearted manner for the first time and brings it to the larger audience (no pun intended) in a cinematic representation of epic proportions!
The film is directed by Karthik Rapolu and written by Merlapaka Gandhi.