Created by Souvid Datta, The Pitch 2017

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Firestorm is a gritty drama exploring a young woman’s search for redemption. Today’s world scrambles to adapt to the emergence of mysterious, powerful ‘superiors’ - humanity’s next evolutionary form. British Asian Damini Datta, 25, is the first of her kind in the UK, blessed with powers of flight and fire. For the past year, she brought down criminals, saving hundreds. She became a role model in a world where power is almost always abused. But self-doubt and the loss of her guiding brother lead her to desperate choices. She falls from grace and is torn apart by the public. Outcast, Damini comes across a mother and son struggling to survive in the devastated north. This recent widow, a struggling Christian, takes Damini in. Their intimate experiences together raise questions on ambition and duty, righteousness and the justification of force. Damini learns to appreciate fear and love again, gaining perspective, forgiving herself and committing to step up afresh. A rebirth of the exhausted superhero genre, Firestorm is told through twin timelines, captured with naturalistic aesthetics, and grounded in nuanced motivations. It lays the foundations for a multi-character mini-series. I'm completing my first self-funded short ‘Chrome’ now, the precursor to Firestorm:

Biblical Connection

Romans 3:23  – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10  – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; Romans 5:12  – Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned– Romans 5:18 – Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. My understanding of Christian texts is limited, but I have fond childhood memories of hours spent in churches singing with choirs browsing the Bible. One central theme that always intrigued me is redemption. The difference stances taken within the Bible, outlining absolute morals and punishments on the one hand, and more nuanced processes of cultivating humility, self-awareness and the strength to change, fascinate me. They continue to prove a useful reflection of everyday contradictions in faith and a reminder to find personal answers. Earlier this year I faced trials in my private and professional life which brought to light many mistakes. I was sent to a blank creative drawing board, and found a renewed inspiration in this theme of redemption.