Dancing With Dharma (Sukanya Jhala) UK, India

Dancing With Dharma
Sukanya Jhala
UK, India. 2021. 17 min

This is a story about accepting death not necessarily as an end, but rather as an inevitable part of life. The film follows the journey of two oddly paired characters across the span of a night. Dharma, having lost her husband all of a sudden, is grappling to come to terms with his death. Death, having collected the soul of her husband, is trying to make the most of his night in London. When she persistently follows him, a bizarre bond forms between the two— Dharma is able to get some of the answers she needs, and Death is able to alleviate his loneliness even if it’s only for one night.


I grew up in a small town in India. Life there was…well, slow. I didn’t have many of the options for entertainment that those in cities did. Luckily, what I did have was storytelling. With a huge library, elders often narrating tales from the past, and my sister and I regularly improvising our own plays–the foundation for my love of a good narrative was firmly set. And many years later when I came across filmmaking I knew I had finally found my ideal mode of expression.
Having worked for over eight years in the film and television Industry in India, I have spent the last two years pursuing a Masters Degree in Filmmaking at the London Film School. It has been an incredible journey so far, and I cannot wait to see what adventures the future holds!