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Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, the platform for short films in India screened world premieres of four short films at the 20th Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films showcased films –  ‘Maya’ by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, ‘Shame’ by Anusha Bose, ‘Rogan Josh’ by Sanjeev Vig and ‘Ladoo’ directed by  Sameer Sadhwani and Kishor Sadhwani and produced by Neeraj Pandey.

Speaking about the festival, Kartik Mohindra, Chief Marketing Officer, Pernod Ricard India, said, “Our platform Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has become the torchbearer for the short film industry in India. By creating unique content across genres, which is original, powerful and perfect we have been able to carve a niche for ourselves.”

About the four films:

  • ‘Maya’ by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, starring Padmapriya, is a unique love story where the boy is in love while the girl is ignorant towards his feelings. As the story progresses, the boy approaches her and has conversations on the phone without revealing his identity. Unaware of the fact that he is the same person.
  • ‘Shame’ by Anusha Bose, starring Swara Bhaskar, Ranvir Shorey, Tara Sharma, Sayani Gupta and Cyrus is the twisted journey of a meek, vulnerable woman who emerges from the background to unapologetically reclaim her dignity, confidence and her right to desire. This dark comedy walks the thin line that separates the two worlds; the haves from the have-nots; the affluent from the service providers; the indulgent from the repressed.
  • ‘Rogan Josh’ by Sanjeev Vig is the story of a celebrated chef at The Taj Hotels who has invited his family and friends home for dinner to celebrate his birthday. The dinner table conversation meanders to the shared experience of a nightmarish night, 26/11. As the story progresses, they joke of how much worse the night could have gotten and question the quality of their existence after the life changing event.
  • ‘Laddoo’ by the director duo Sameer Sadhwani and Kishor Sadhwani is the story of an inquisitive young boy. As per Hindu rituals, it is believed an offering made to ancestors on their death anniversary reaches them through the Pandit but the young boy fails to understand how this happens. Even as he struggles to comprehend this concept, he is entrusted with the imperative task of delivering lunch to the Pandit on his grandfather’s death anniversary. Being the inquisitive person that he is, he does not give up and sets out on a little adventure to figure out the answers to his questions.