Watch: Bollywood Biggies and Their Award Winning Shorts

The Quint has curated a bouquet of short films for you, made by well-known filmmakers.

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Radhika Apte in a scene from Sujoy Ghosh’s short film <i>Ahalya</i>

Between the long and short form of it, films are more or less a director’s medium. But short films hardly get any attention from filmmakers who have made a mark in the domain of feature films. And this is why, Sujoy ‘Kahaani’ Ghosh’s short film, Ahalya, making waves on social media is such a pleasant surprise.

Some filmmakers started their journey with a short, and some delved into it after being a success in the feature show ground. The Quint has curated a bouquet of short films for you, made by well-known filmmakers.


The Eight Column Affair by Sriram Raghavan

Before making it big with gritty thrillers in Hindi, Sriram Raghavan, a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), made The Eight Column Affair. His batchmate Rajkumar Hirani edited this diploma film, which won a National Award too.

An Encounter With Faces by Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1978 short was a poignant look at the plight of the children’s homes in Mumbai. It was nominated at the Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Short Subject category, in 1979.

The Day After Everyday by Anurag Kashyap

Anurag kashyap’s take on the everyday reality of women in India took the internet by storm. Watch to find out why.

Passage by Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur’s short has an international cast, which includes the likes of Haley Bennett, Lily Cole and Julia Stiles. Add to this, a charming score by A.R.Rahman. This one is a great watch.

Right Here, Right Now by Anand Gandhi

Anand Gandhi, who made waves with his debut feature
Ship of Theseus (2013), is also known for two acclaimed short films. Check out the two-part film here. 

Shor by Neeraj Ghaywan

Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut film, Masaan won two awards at Cannes Film Festival this year, and is up for release this week. Watch his short film Shor, here.

As part of an AIDS awareness campaign, four major filmmakers made shorts to highlight the social stigma attached to the disease. All these films feature established actors too.

Migration by Mira Nair

Positive by Farhan Akhtar

Prarambha by Santosh Sivan

Blood Brothers by Vishal Bhardwaj

Two by Satyajit Ray

The great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray made many shorts and documentaries, besides making features that remain a cultural cornerstone of India. His short film, Two, is a miraculous wonder of wordless narrative. Paying homage to silent cinema, this film carries a strong socio-political undercurrent of the class divide.

(The writer is a journalist and a screenwriter who believes in the insanity of words, in print or otherwise. His Twitter handle is: @RanjibMazumder)

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