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FILMS IN COMPETITION : BEST INDIAN NARRATIVE SHORT

Best Indian Narrative Short

Indian narrative short films completed after January 1, 2016 and having their Mumbai Premiere at KASHISH compete for this award. It carries a cash award of Rs 20,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares. Winners are awarded a trophy, a gift hamper and a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips.

AARSA
18mins / 2016 / India, USA / English, Hindi with EST
Director: Kawa Hatef

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The story of Raju, an unnoticed dance studio caretaker whose love for a beautiful dance instructor ignites his journey of self identity.

SELFHOOD (Wajood) 
13.15 min / 2017 / India /  Hindi with EST
Director: Vishal Srivastava

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Wajood (Selfhood) revolves around a young hijra’s(trans-woman) life, who seems to fancy herself with an auto-rickshaw driver. When confronted by the elders of her community about her unrealistic expectations goes on a subconscious quest to know if somebody will ever fall in love with her or is this thought as naive as told by everyone around her?

THE CLARINETS (Shehenaiiya)
23mins /2017 / India / Bengali with EST
Director: Debadrita Bose

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A young man from the suburbs comes to the city for some shopping. He misses the last train to home and roams about. Suddenly he meets another man, who offers refuge for the night.

THE FISH CURRY  (Maacher Jhol)
12mins / 2017 / India / Hindi with EST
Director: Abhishek Verma

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A young man, Lalit, 28, decides to come out to his parents about his own sexuality and his love engagement with his boyfriend cum flatmate, Ashutosh. He plans to cook exotic Bengal style fish curry, maacher jhol. The dish is his father’s favourite. To maintain precision about the process and ingredients, he refers to the radio cook show.

CHUDALA
14.20mins / 2016 / India / Hindi, Urdu with EST
Director: Maaria Sayed

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‘Chudala,’ is an intimate exploration of a father-daughter relationship in a rapidly developing India. Based on an Indian mythological story of a woman turning into a man in order to seem significant to her family, this film tells the story of a lower middle class Muslim girl Rukhsana who returns to her house as Rehan – a man and is haunted by the memories of her life as a woman.

GODDESS (Devi)
13mins / 2016 / India / Bengali, English, Hindi with EST
Director: Karishma Dube

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Set in New Delhi, a closeted lesbian risks family and social boundaries as she pursues her household maid, Devi.

SISAK
15mins / 2017 / India / No Dialogues
Director: Faraz Arif Ansari

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Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men.

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