Renowned for his directorial skills and for providing a platform to numerous filmmakers, Anurag Kashyap and producer Guneet Monga under their banner, AKFPL, will be seen releasing SHORTS on July 12 2013, along with TUMBHI.
An anthology of 5 accolade-winning short films, the films will be release by PVR Directors Rare across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Surat, Cochin, Ahmedabad and Bangalore in select theatres. Directed by upcoming directors Shlok Sharma, Neeraj Ghywan, Rohit Pandey, Siddharth Gupt and Anirban Roy, the films mark the re-uniting of the Gangs of Wasseypur cast who star in the film.
Starring Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Vineet Singh, Satya Anand, Preeti Singh among others, the films represent the new age of storytelling in the country.
"Short films are where some of the best film directors cut their teeth. Despite the dominance of feature films, short films have retained a sense of purpose and continue to reach out to filmmakers and audiences alike, providing a platform to showcase good talent. SHORTS is a compilation of films by some very promising, talented and upcoming directors, who are also gearing up for their first feature." Says producer-director Anurag Kashyap at the event to announce SHORTS.
"We are happy to partner with AKFPL in the release of Shorts and believe that films such as these stand to present to people a new wave of directors and talent that is emerging in our country” says L.C.Singh, CEO, TUMBHI.
"We at PVR are open to all kinds and formats of cinema. This is the first time that a package of handpicked short films is getting a proper theatrical release in India and we are really proud that PVR Director's Rare is facilitating the release and working as a torch bearer in this area." says Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Limited.
With new voices coming to the forefront in storytelling, SHORTS is a presentation of these films made by directors who are in the midst of gearing up to either release or commence their first feature film. SHORTS is scheduled to release on July 12, 2013.
1. SUJATA by Shlok Sharma
Starring: Huma Qureshi, Shweta Tripathi, Satya Anand & Aditya Kumar.
Sujata is a riveting tale of a young girl, who is struggling to come out of the clutches of her tormenting cousin brother. At a very young age, she is forced to live with her cousin and his family. Herein, begins a life of incessant harassment by her cousin brother.
Even as an adult she lives in the shadow of fear. For years, she changes addresses and identities in the hope of finding freedom; but each time he hunts her down. Neither the police, nor the NGOs are able to help her. Pushed to a corner, she decides to take the extreme step.
2. EPILOGUE by Siddharth Gupt
Starring: Richa Chaddha and Arjun Shrivastav
A relationship that has already fallen apart and is just about to snap. It describes the love and intimacy, the entangling of two lives and the completely symbiotic nature of a couple.
It reflects the possessiveness control isolation, depression and desperation that a relationship can lead to, representing a cycle that needs to be broken in order to keep sane.
3. AUDACITY by Anirban Roy
Starring Preeti Singh, Sankar Debnath and Kanchan Mullick.
A thirteen-year-old girl has her first real confrontation with authority when her father forbids her to play the American dance music she loves. When she decides to take revenge, the situation escalates to become a neighbourhood scandal.
A dark comedy about parental authority, teenage rebellion, curry, whiskey, and house music.
4. MEHFUZ by Rohit Pandey
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Aditi Khanna
In an ambiguous space and time. The city has turned mad, as violence has taken its toll. But, far away in the sounds of silence at the border of the town, a man takes care of all the death around. He drags away this usual routine with every passing night.
One night, he notices a strange woman wandering on empty streets. As her behavior changes, so does his journey.
5. SHOR by Neeraj Ghaywan
Starring: Vineet Singh and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
Lallan and Meena, a couple from Banaras, are consumed by their pursuit to survive in the city of Mumbai. Meena takes up a job in a sewing factory.
One day over a phone call, they find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption. It takes the darkest hour of our life, the fear of death, to regain our consciousness back in to life. To find the beauty that is lost in our relentless angst towards an unyielding life.