For Anamika’s bedroom I am using my own bedroom at home. However, I had to spend a lot of time changing it to look the room belongs to a girl with dissociative identity disorder.
Here is the transformation:
I inferred that the chaos in Anamika’s head would translate to her having a very messy personality. Her room should reflect this by looking untidy and cluttered. Therefore, I went around to all the shelves and messed them up by toppling over DVDs and books and piling them in a very disorganised manner. I scattered ribbons and scrunchies atop the dresser and spilled open her pencil box on top of the desk. I had markers strewn across the floor table and crumpled the white comforter on the bed. I littered the room with her things and left no surface looking too polished or neat. I tried to make the room look as naturally messy as possible.
I also removed anything from the room that I felt would not fit Anamika’s personality and character. I removed all my comedy DVDs such as SNL, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, etc. because they felt too specific and random. I also removed certain books and decorative items that I believed would not suit the person Anamika is.
Instead, I brought in a lot more childish things like stuffed toys, dolls and board games and messily filled the shelves with those items. I had toys on the floor, next to her bed and on her desk. This is because some part of Anamika is mentally stuck at the age when she was sexually assaulted and her emotional growth is stunted. Since the assault was the trigger of her disorder, she is still holding on to that stage of her life, unable to let go. Therefore, Anamika’s room is filled with the toys and books she was never able to part with and they serve as a source of comfort to her.
However, this is balanced by her having more grown up DVDs and books too. There is a large juxtaposition in her tastes and interests and this is reflective of her dissociative identity disorder. Different parts of her like different things.
Also, as a result of her disorder, I understand that nothing potentially dangerous could be kept in her room. To this effect, I removed all the electronics such as phones, chargers, laptops and the desktop computer. She would not be using any of these things in her day to day life. Also, I removed all the breakable things such as the glass make-up stand, ceramic mugs and porcelain figurines.
To add a sense of a authenticity to the room, I filled the picture frame in her room with photos of the actress playing Anamika at different stages in her life. This is a small detail that may not even be noticed in the film, but I didn’t want anything to be overlooked.
Some of the walls are painted turquoise and all the furniture is pearly white, which fits perfectly with the cool colour scheme of this room. Also, the white tube-lights make the room look bright and cheery. All this contributes to Anamika’s room looking pleasant and happy at first glance. The lighting and colour scheme are very positive and up lifting.