A case in point, the film '1:30 am' is about a single character, Nishi, in her teens, who is torn inside by her split personality. Her struggle within herself and her exterior world are portrayed through her swinging moods of restraint, faith, fear, joy, strength and defeat. The stark reality of human turmoil living through darkness and isolation, yet amidst a make-believe world of happiness is time and again expressed through the life of Nishi. She moves like a pendulum between the good and the ugly through the journey of being caged within herself and her soul.
Nishi is torn between two worlds – one, is that of happy illusion. Her fascination for the lonely moon, chocolates, playing the 'crescent game', the toy replicas of her family and her husband come alive in this world. The other, is dark and gruesome. Her fear and insecurities keep surfacing time and again there. Torn within, Nishi, commits heinous crimes, and yet, lives on to believe she doesn't. Her imaginative conversations with her family members and her split personality remain normal and happy. The voice of her split self controls Nishi as a silent killer hiding behind a mask of composure and maturity along with mindless chatter. She ensures Nishi of her entity. The split personality conveys a soothing relief to Nishi's pain, doubts, fears and anxieties.
As we move through the silent phases of Nishi's life, the invisible power becomes overwhelming, leaving us at a mysterious crossroad of Nishi's existence and non-existence.