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Neeraj Ghaywan’s Short Film ‘Shor’ wins the Grand Jury Award at South Asian International Film Festival

Conceptualized after reading a research snippet about a woman doing a research on the influence of hormones on relationships and the hypothesis that people are most vulnerable to fall in love in dangerous situations, Neeraj Ghaywan’s first short film ‘Shor’ won the Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious South Asian International Film Festival in New York. Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut directorial venture ‘Shor’ is a short film under the mentorship of Anurag Kashyap and is produced by tumbhi.com.

The story is based on a couple from Banaras (North India) who is consumed by their pursuit to survive in the seedy ghettos of Mumbai city. ‘Shor’ beautifully portrays the struggle of a working class woman’s endeavors. It is an intimate, fascinating portrayal of conflict in relationships that surely unsettles with its raw and restless energy.

‘Shor’ has also got rave reviews from many critics and won the Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize at the recently concluded South Asian International Film Festival which was held from November 9 – November 15, 2011 in New York. ‘Shor’ was selected as the proud winners by a panel of well-renowned jury from a select combination of full-length films, shorts and documentaries in a variety of genres.

The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) is the largest film premiere destination for South Asian/Indian filmmakers in the United States. SAIFF was founded in New York City due to the lack of support for many emerging filmmakers and the overall underrepresentation of Indian cinema in a capital that is recognized by the world as the birthplace of independent filmmaking. With several screening locations, a team of high-profile supporters, red carpet premieres and a slate of top-notch films, the festival gave audiences of all ages and ethnicities a chance to discover new South Asian voices and celebrate established ones.

With only 6 months of experience while assisting Anurag Kashyap for ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Neeraj began the journey of shooting his first ever short film ‘Shor’. The biggest task for any filmmaker is to assemble a great team which is excited about the project and according to Neeraj that’s what worked for him the most. With a talented set of cast and crew mostly found on tumbhi.com, an online portal that seeks to transforms the lives of artists, art lovers and seekers, Neeraj started his journey of creating some noise (Shor) in beautiful world of cinema.

Neeraj has narrated his experience of making Shor in this blog post.

Tumbhi congratulates Neeraj on this achievement and wishes him good luck for future endeavors!