Ika is a film about a boy living in Slum area in Bangalore who wants to make a film. He doesn’t have a camera; he builds a camera using a cardboard box and a magnifying glass and sticks on an old blank VHS tape onto the side of it. He then sets out with his friend, searching for an idea for his film, telling his friend that “whatever is in your mind will go on this tape”. Soon, they find that one of their friend’s chickens has been chased off a dog, and set out to make a detective film about searching for the chicken. Although the boy is fully engrossed in the making of his film, soon enough his friends all lose interest and leave. Despondent, the boy runs off with his camera. Later at night, he returns home to a broken house; his mother is crying and his father has fallen drunk outside the door of his house. After a brief conversation, a violent encounter takes place behind closed doors. Then, in the middle of the night, when his family is fast asleep, the boy puts the VHS tape from his camera into an old VCR and turns on the TV. The TV is blank, but in the reflection inside his eye, the film he shot earlier that day is playing, with a cut happening every time he blinks. Deceptively light, Ika is a short film about ideas, perception, and the nature of film as a medium.