Defining perfection with master storytellers

ACTING in or making a short film is more challenging than doing the same for a full-length feature film, said renowned screen actor Ashish Vidyarthi.

The master filmmakers


He was in the to be a part of an engaging panel discussion hosted by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, in a quest to find perfection in short films. Besides Ashish, the event witnessed active participation of cinematic maestros such as Sandeep Varma, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Pia Shah, Akram Hassan, and Swanand Kirkire, along with Anupama Chopra who came together to narrate their stories of perfection.

Trailers of four perfect Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films including ‘Kahanibaaz’ by Sandeep Varma; ‘A Happy End’, by Adoor Gopalakrishnan; ‘Waterbaby’ by Pia Shah and ‘Toyhouse’ by Akram Hassan were screened at the event as these storytellers shared their inspiration behind creating these perfect films. The immensely talented filmmakers and actors came together and deliberated about their experience with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. They laid emphasis on the freedom the platform gives them to be able to showcase their innovation and creativity in the best possible way.

Commenting on the platform, Kartik Mohindra, chief marketing officer, Pernod Ricard India, said “Our platform Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has become the torchbearer for short films in India. We are extremely delighted to associate with these incredible storytellers from the world of cinema who have not only created powerful and original short films but have also elevated the platform’s quest for perfection. In line with the brand’s philosophy of ‘make it perfect’, we will continue to encourage and motivate talented filmmakers to freely showcase their original creativity.”

The four short films screened by Barrel Select Large Short Films are perfectly unique and incredible works of art.

About the films:

Kahanibaaz’ by Sandeep Varma starring Ashish Vidyarthi and Sakshi Tanwar is an interesting thriller featuring a cab driver and a couple on a journey to Shirdi. The story of ‘Kahanibaaz’ is full of suspense, drama, and mystery. On the road trip to Shirdi the cab driver tells a story to the passengers and seeks their opinion in a given situation. Their answers put them in a spot as they get unexpected reactions from the driver. This intriguing short showcases the various shades of the protagonists’ personality and how the other characters deal with the situation.

A Happy End’, by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, starring Padmapriya is a perfect shot film with an unconventional an attention-grabbing storyline. Three unemployed yet resourceful men launch an innovative private company that caters exclusively to clients on the verge of suicide. The idea works on the psychological truism that those attempting suicide could be dissuaded if handled with tact and sensitivity. The story takes a turn when high-strung client bent upon dying approaches them, not prepared for such an eventuality, they try every trick in their repertoire to turn him away, but to no avail. Frustrated, they perform a death ritual and convince the client that he is already dead and has turned into a ghost. What happens after he leaves is what will make the audience sit back and watch if it turns out to be ‘A Happy End’ or not.

Waterbaby’ by Pia Shah, starring Viraj Khemani and Gracy Singh is a perfect short showcasing the story of how the arrival of a new girl in school compels a shy 11-year-old boy to face his greatest fear – water. A mysterious drawing book, a water-controlling superhero and an unlikely pet accompany him on a little journey of courage.

Toyhouse’ by Akram Hassan is a perfect short film drama focusing on the identity and migration, conclusively emphasising the unsettling reality that, aren’t we all living in a big TOYHOUSE only to be played by few powerful people.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films (LSF) is a portal that is the hub of Indian short films. It gives the audience the window to enjoy short films made by large directors. It gives aspiring filmmakers a platform to showcase their short films with original ideas. Films from LSF has made big in Filmfare with three of its film made in final shortlist. Chutney, an LSF release has won two Filmfare awards. In recent times, Platform has been built on identified core attribute of RSBS – Make it Perfect and targeting a more refined and evolved audience.

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