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The 14th February & Beyond – Official Trailer

February 8, 2023


The 14th February & Beyond is an award winning documentary film by Utpal Kalal. Recently premiered at the 51st International Film Festival of India. IFFI Goa.

The first ever – and deepest look into Valentine’s Day.
This is a documentary film that exposes the strange face of this global love fest and its impact on the mental health of our society. The filmmaker explores the origins of this famous holiday, and how it’s been twisted as a result of consumerism and commerciality into a competition and self-esteem checklist. While disguised as a celebration of love, spanning days of gifts and adoration in some cultures, Valentines Day can actually often lead to some very dark memories, humiliation and rejection, and self-esteem crises for others. We reveal the shocking facts about the commercialisation of Valentine’s Day – the spending and traditions that have been overlooked until now; as well as bringing forth a comprehensive view of the subject through experts from various fields into this eye-opening narrative – that we all have an opinion on – no matter what!

-Riverside International Film Festival, California, USA
Winner, Best Documentary Film, Audience Choice Award
-Jaipur International Film Festival, India
Winner, Best Film award (Documentary Feature)

– 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) (Indian Panorama)
-Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, IFFM, Australia
-San Diego Comic Con International Independent Film Festival, USA
-Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, Belgium
Official Selection, Youth Vision Competition
-Mumbai International Film Festival, India
Nomination, Best Documentary, Silver Conch Award
-UK Asian Film Festival, Middlesex, United Kingdom
-Indian Film Festival of Houston, Inc, Texas, USA



I am Ashish Kumar. I am known as Shanky. I was born and brought up in Ramgarh, Jharkhand. I have studied Electronics and Communication Engineering. I have written 10 books. I have come to know so much of my life that life makes me cry as much as death. Have you heard that this world laughs when no one has anything, if someone has everything, this world is longing for what I have, this world. Whatever I am, I belonged to my beloved Mahadev. What should I say about myself? Gradually you will know everything.

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