The short films of the New Generations Short Film Wallah competition are committed to reflecting current social issues.
Desi Standard Travel Time
When a new father suddenly loses his own dad, an opportunity to travel back in time for an evening gives him a chance to end things on a better note.
Director and Script Kashif Pasta • Kanada 2022 • 19:27 Min • Englisch, Urdu • Cast: Adolyn Dar , Ali Kazmi, Anika Zulfikar, Harleen Uppal, Sumit Dhingra
A filmmaker hopes to get his sci-fi film certified with 'no cuts' by the conservative all-male jury of the Indian Censor Board. The jury finds a particular kissing scene in the film beyond the duration stipulated by official rules. As the men argue over the length of the kiss, the laws of physics start falling apart around them.
Director and Script Varun Grover • India 2021 • 15:00 Min • Hindi with engl. Subtitles • Cast: Adarsh Gourav, Swanand Kirkire, Shubhrajyoti Barat
My Mother’s Girl Friend
Renuka and Sadiya, two working-class women fall in love with each other, enjoy their day out celebrating Renuka's birthday. After a fun-filled day, they head home to spend the night together. But unknown to them, Renuka’s son, Mangesh is around. Two relationships collide.
Director and Script Arun Fulara • Indien, Deutschland 2021 • 14:45 Min • Hindi, Marathi with engl. Subtitles
A waste picker woman collects coconut shells from the wet waste of neighbourhood daily to be used as firewood. One day, she finds the shells missing. What happened to those shells? Did those shells belong to her anyway? Shimga tries to highlight the broader conflict between ownership, rights and needs and what should take precedence.
Director and Script Sanat Dhananjay Ganu • India 2022 • 17:32 Min • Marathi with engl. Subtitles
What happens to those entertainers who spread happiness in our parties and gatherings when another lockdown hits the world? Another common man struggles to make a living in this competitive society by his performance, trying to impress his audience with his antics and his jokes.
Director and Script Soumya Roy Choudhury • India 2022 • 13:26 Min • Bengali with engl. Subtitles • Cast: Roihini Chatterjee, Soumya Majumder
In a South Indian village, a deaf-mute outsider does unskilled labour. When the village patriarch rapes and kills an underage girl, he is the only witness. He kills the tormentor and thus becomes the prime suspect in the eyes of the village community. Varaham (boar), the third incarnation of Vishnu, symbolizes prehistoric power structures in Indian villages, which seem hardly defeatable without courageous activism.
Director and Script Rijo Vellani • India 2022 • 11:32 Min • Malayalam with engl. Subtitles