Two Way Street
In the realm of Indian cinema, these shorts stand as vibrant gems, each encapsulating a unique narrative, a burst of creativity, and a snapshot of the diverse perspectives. From heartwarming tales to thought-provoking dramas, and whimsical adventures, these short films promise to be a captivating exploration of emotions, ideas, and storytelling innovation. Discover the captivating and compelling short films that will leave an indelible mark on the landscape of Indian cinema in 2024.
Two Way Street
As a versatile artist encompassing roles as a screenwriter, filmmaker, actor, and stage lighting designer, Asmit has made a significant mark in the film industry. His films have been featured at prestigious festivals such as MAMI, IFFLA, IDSFFK, SASFF, and many others. His recent short film, Two Way Street, garnered acclaim by winning the V Shantaram Golden Award for Direction at the South Asian Short Film Fest. Following its success as a winner at the Best of India Short Film Festival, the film qualified for the Academy Awards 2024. In this compelling narrative, an ordinary taxi ride transforms into a battleground when the Taxi Driver refuses to enter a particular lane. The passenger, in response, decides not to disembark until reaching his destination. The story unfolds as a poignant projection of the taxi driver's inherent bias against a specific community and the passenger's determination not to become a victim of discrimination.
The Canvas Below
The Canvas Below — a labor of love born from college discussions over tea and Parle-G biscuits — has blossomed into an experimental short film under the adept direction of Tillottam Pawar and Aniket Kadam. The cinematic journey unfolds through the lens of cinematographers Hemant Phulpagar and Raj Bangar, while the canvas is vividly painted by the concept and performances of Aniket Kadam and Shivali Parab. This short film serves as a nostalgic exploration of youth and early romance, a theme that has lingered in the creators' minds since their college days. What initially sparked as a central topic of discussion has now metamorphosed into a visual narrative that transcends conventional storytelling, inviting viewers into a realm where emotions are intricately woven into the very fabric of the film.
The film serves as a heartfelt tribute to the resilient inhabitants of Kumaon, leopards and people. Arun Fulara's short piece delves into the threat posed by migration to a cherished friendship, showcasing how the wilderness plays a pivotal role in strengthening it. Originally unveiled at Plein la Bobine, a children's film festival in France, Shera boasts a concise runtime of just over 19 minutes. However, Fulara's adept storytelling elevates it beyond its titular leopard navigating through the Kumaoni forests. At its core, Shera unfolds as a poignant exploration of migration, the solitude embedded in our imaginations, and the delicate nature of what we define as home.
Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust
Transport yourself into the society of 'Schirkoa' with this animated film that seamlessly blends fantasy and sci-fi. In a world where people don paper bags to erase differences, tensions escalate when rumors of a bag-free land spark a revolution led by a new council member. Evolving into a feature-length animation, the narrative unfolds the accidental role of a bored office worker in inciting change in this dystopian world. Boasting a stellar cast including Asia Argento, Anurag Kashyap, and Karan Johar, the film promises a gripping exploration of conformity and individuality. Originally a highly awarded short film, it not only qualified for the Oscars but also clinched victories at various festivals.
Echoes of June
Encouraging a reflective engagement with the mysterious interplay of human emotions and the fleeting nature of our mortal journey, this cinematic creation captures the essence of universal experiences. In the delicate interplay of light and shadow, Indian visual artists Bharat Sikka and Nikhil Chopra weave a visual symphony in their latest short film, Echoes of June. The film subtly alludes to the ephemeral nature of life, inviting audiences to delve into the depths of their own existential contemplations.