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#SHORTS- Talk of the Twitter Town!

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the collage of most of the Tweets about S.H.O.R.T.S here!

Note : Including only one tweet from each handle to keep up with the exclusivity!

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Why You Should Not Miss S.H.O.R.T.S – 5 Reasons

SHORTS is an anthology – a collection of 5 short films, by different directors under the umbrella of the grand storyteller Anurag Kashyap!

We give you 5 honest reasons as to why to give your time, money, energy and effort to this flick!


Filmmaking – is that already inside you- as a passion, as an art and as a religion? Then you get something here! It’s about direction, script, enactment and above everything else, living that character and that story so much yourself that you exactly know what you want out of your actors when you get to shoot that film.

Watch SHORTS as a reference, as to how you can improve on your own art and make it better, look at it as an example and don’t leave even a single chance to not try ‘anything’ new in your next short film. Observe every minute move and every single thought behind that move.


If you are too much into ‘Hollywood’ now just because Bollywood still keeps going on the same league of a small town romance or may be a bold –scene-but-no-storyline types films, you should watch SHORTS. If you are looking for something ‘out of the league’ in terms of story , direction, characters and concept as a whole – SHORTS is the answer for you!

And it’s not just story we are talking about here, but the entire “art” of telling that story and telling it in a way that it gives goose bumps when you sit in that darkened theatre and watch SHORTS.

Watch it for a surprising storytelling art, fresh brains in direction and cinematography, interesting camera angles and some real diverse characters.


May be you don’t need to read further under this heading but okay , lets put it this way – You are an ardent Anurag Kashyap fan and a zealous worshipper of his art of filmmaking. We will only add- Rest Assured!

A true Anurag Kashyap praises him not only as a person but also praises his art and his style of filmmaking. SHORTS is made by talented directors -who worship Anurag themselves (just like you!) and are mentored by him. So rest you can imagine yourselves!

Watch SHORTS for an Anurag Kashyap style of movie.

#4 YOU WANT TO SEE THE BABY PICTURE ALBUMS OF Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

When celebrities aren’t famous , they start with smaller roles , in ads or may be short films. Through these smaller roles and appearances, they grow themselves, become famous and one day become celebrities. SHORTS shares kind of similar story.

Many of todays’ famous celebrities like Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Singh are part of SHORTS. You have seen these famous faces in other movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahani and so on, now see them in SHORTS and enjoy it as a kind of the baby picture album of these actor’s career lives.

Watch SHORTS to watch the earlier, realistic and absolutely fantastic screen versions of Huma, Richa, Nawazuddin, Vineet and others.


Yes, dreams come true – in real lives too.

SHORTS is not a collection of different short films. There is a bigger story behind it. Tumbhi had organized a scriptwriting contest in May 2011 and the winning scripts were promised to be converted into a short films. 3 of SHORTS films are works by Tumbhi Artists- their scripts, their filmmaking art.

Watch SHORTS to eye witness how miracles actually happen in real life, what it like is to see your dream come true and that all this doesn’t just happen in Bollywood films! It’s real!!

*SHORTS is releasing in PVR cinemas across India on 12th July!

Dreams That Came True!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. “- Walt Disney

Every one of us a dreamer, the difference is only that some of us remember them when we wake up and some of us let go the flow of thoughts. The dreams may vary as per night or day but the core ambitions travel along with every vision that comes to the dreamer’s mind.

An artist also dreams. He dreams to transform all his dreams into reality one day. And what if someday, somebody actually holds his hands and guides him through? A bunch of dreamers experienced something like this! They got a chance to cherish their dream: being a filmmaker, a scriptwriter, an actor.

Tumbhi came up with a scriptwriting contest back in May 2011 called “Paanch”. The prize was only a promise to transform the words into reality i.e. the winning entries would be converted to actual short films under the mentorship of none other than Anurag Kashyap.

Six Short films were made by Tumbhi. Shor and Sujata were part of those six films. Come November’2011, the film Shor goes to Abu Dhabi Film Festival (U.A.E) 2011-12, gets discovered by the right eyes for filmmaking, receives rave reviews from many critics and wins the Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize.

But Shor was made only to shout out loud what it actually was! It grabs another Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize at South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). Neeraj Ghayawan, Scriptwriter and director of Shor , could actually see now his dreams flying high right there in the clouds above. Making much more ‘Shor’ than its name, Shor won another Grand Jury Prize at 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

But Shor was not alone here for the accolades. Huma Qureshi, the lead actress of the other short film “Sujata” gets a special mention by the grand jury at IFFLA. Sujata, a dream-child of the scriptwriter Annie Zaidi and director Shlok Sharma, becomes just another route of bliss for its conceivers.

To Tumbhi.com, it was all about giving feathers to the dreams of artists! Looking forward to even more feathers getting added to their caps, Tumbhi takes pride in translating at least a few dreams to reality because as Dr. Abdul Kalam said, “you have to dream before your dreams can come true.”

Ab Main Bhi…

Tumbhi’s Candid Tete-a-tete With Its Star:

Writing already for 10 long years and then experimenting with something new and then after getting recognition for the same is nothing less than awe!

Something similar happened with ‘Annie Zaidi’ when she participated in Paanch (Tumbhi’s Script Writing Contest) and a movie ‘Sujata’ came out of that script.

So, when Tumbhi asked its latest Star ‘Annie’ about her voyage from conceiving a story and then seeing it getting transformed into film, the lady was not less than overwhelmed.

Some excerpts:-

[Tumbhi] A movie from your script is already ready. How did it all start?
[Annie] I was already writing professionally for 10 long years and since 2-3 years I started experimenting with script writing. I had absolutely no idea what script writing was like, it was just a ‘story -being –embellished’ for me. But when I heard about Tumbhi’s competition, I thought to at least give it a try. And there I was, single women in 9 other males in the finalist category. A whole new experience for me. And I actually saw my words getting transformed into living beings and their characters, a film being made out of my story under the banner of Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd.

[Tumbhi] You also attended a Workshop with Anurag Kashyap? How was the experience?
[Annie] Yes! It was a wonderful 9 hour workshop by Anurag Kashyap. The two grand takeaways which I will always cherish in my writing career are: the deadline writing and the peer review.

Usually writers do not fix any deadline for completing their piece of writing. They might take days or minutes to do the same job. But this workshop taught me how to structure my writing in a way so that I can I finish it within a given timeline. And Peer review happened to be another blissful part of the workshop. Peer group, I believe, they give you the most unbiased opinion about anything. And if that peer group is itself inclined to your favorite job on the earth, it becomes the perfect combination. Thus as a professional, which I always was, this experience of ‘script writing’ was equivalent to adding a whole new niche to my writing.

On the same hand, Anurag had a very interesting way of even reading out the scripts aloud, and that was the node that actually stroked a chord in me, and there we were, tuning in together for this beautiful movie that came out as a result being fondly called –‘Sujata’.

[Tumbhi] So Tumbhi was the starting point …??
[Annie] Absolutely! If I go back a little and try to recall what difference Tumbhi made to my life, the only thing that would come to my mind would be Exposure and Confidence.

It’s not easy to get a platform so good to showcase your charisma! In fact I feel Tumbhi stands up to each and every word of its tagline- ‘Ab tumbhi ban sakte ho star’. It actually has the potent to make anybody – of course with talent and passion – a star. In all, I feel so elevated! Therefore, Ab Main Bhi …!

Shor: My First Short Film with Tumbhi and Anurag Kashyap

By Neeraj Ghaywan


I read this research snippet about a woman doing a research on the influence of hormones on relationships. A part of the research involved the woman standing on an empty street asking out men for a date. She asked over 20 men. Her success rate was 40%. She did the same thing on a dangling bridge on a rough weather day. Her success rate jumped to about 85%. Though the static may not be exact but the hypothesis that she arrived at was that people are vulnerable to fall in love in dangerous situations. I had forgotten the article but it stuck in my subconscious and eventually led to an idea about the human condition at the face of death. When we embrace death, our most vulnerable time, we find our truest side. We confront what really matters to us. That became the basis for Shor. Yes, I wasn’t too happy with the title myself but when you see the film you’ll realize we couldn’t have come up with another name.

Shor is about Lallan and Meena, a couple from Banaras (North India), consumed by their pursuit to survive in the seedy ghettos of Mumbai city. Lallan has lost his job at the factory and ambles about hopelessly searching for a way out. Meena has taken up tailoring to make ends meet, losing touch with her emotions, and almost turning into a machine herself. One day they truly find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption, all just over a phone call.

I had the basic structure of the script ready but I didn’t want to compromise with the culture and milieu of the characters. For me it is very essential to have the premise to adhere to a agreed upon set of culture and ethos. I used to take autorickshaw rides and speak to the drivers at length, recording the conversation on my phone and later make notes from it. I must have spoken to some 40 odd rickshaw drivers to arrive at 4 of them who were from Banaras. I conducted a focus group with these people, inviting them to my house. Yes yes, I have an academic and corporate background and old habits die hard. Anyway, I spoke to them for a long time about their lives, their homes, how they dealt with their wives, I made them call their wives and understand how they spoke to them in crisis etc. Finally, I wrote the script along with dialogue. I was very scared and excited. It was ready and I had to show it to Anurag ( I was assisting him on Wasseypur). It’s like you are going for an appraisal interview to your boss. He read the first page and rejected it. He didn’t read further and I was heartbroken. I felt terrible, this was not just a short film script, but my first work to my boss and he had rejected it. Some people rubbed it in. I almost felt like abandoning the whole idea of becoming a filmmaker. It was humiliating. I thought I should still do this.

I called my rickshawala brotherhood. I decided to go to their homes. Some of them were kind enough to oblige. I spent time at their place; observing their lifestyle, the objects in their houses, the kids, the neighborhood, what they did in their free time, what pained them, what made them happy etc. It helped in understanding their lifestyle and most importantly what language they spoke. Now that I had enough material, I started rewriting the dialogues. When you start writing dialogues, you realize how difficult is writing a screenplay as against a book or a short story. The research helped me in identifying the insecurities that they lived with and how they expressed themselves. I wrote a draft and ran it past Vineet Singh (the lead actor of Shor) and Varun Grover ( a writer friend). They made some tone and grammar corrections with the dialogue I wrote. By the way, Vineet Singh has the fine charm of the angry young man and I have lost the count of how many languages he knows. Finally Anurag read the script. He said it has great potential if I had established the two characters in the same space. He had couple of ideas. I put everything together but didn’t show the final draft which by the way, was the tenth draft.

I just wanted to go ahead and shoot. The more I deliberated the more I’d distance from the passion to make it. Also, there was this pressure of having assisted for only six months and here I was, attempting to make a difficult short film in complete guerrilla style. The folks at Tumbhi.com loved the script and I was ready to go. But there was one problem; the shooting process could only be started in August along with the competing short films, which was completely understandable. But I couldn’t have shot in the monsoons as the film was mostly in difficult exterior locations. So I borrowed money from friends for the shoot (Thank You Anubhuti Kashyap and Suresh Nayak). We got into pre-production, Rishabh and Puja jumped into help me on the film. Rishabh was great help on the locations and convincing people for the shoot.  Puja is responsible for the look  and the costumes. Poor her, she had to stay away from the action for all the work. They have really worked hard during the film. Super line producer Deep Singh came on board. We did the shot breakdowns, location recces and the research for costume, art and the train routes and stations. Mukesh Chhabra unconditionally helped me to understand what to look for while casting actors. He even did couple of auditions for me.

Umpteen number of rehearsals happened. Ratnabali, the female lead of Shor, was doing English theatre. To be honest, I was panicking because I wanted everyone to get the accent right. I am a stickler for accents. Vineet and I had a lot of sessions on accent modulation with Ratnabali. And when we did the final rehearsal, Ratnabali took me by surprise. I was shocked the way she picked the nuances of the culture. Amardeep Jha, agreed to play the amma. She was perfect in that role and she brought in her own mannerisms to add depth to her role. I remember someone telling me “Oh wow, she’s Sharman’s mom from Three Idiots”.

After an elaborate session we finally arrived at the shot break down. I am of the opinion that it’s almost impossible to replicate the feel of real locations and objects. I abstained from an extensive production design, relying completely on the property available on location ( Malwani and Dharavi).  You can never think of a plastic toy of a swan couple with a broken wing. Like how coincidental is that! One of the auto drivers from the research, Pavan Sharma offered his house to make it as our crew base. His neighbor Irshad Shah offered his house as the main house of the film. Not only that he and his wife also acted in the film. Pavan’s son was the little kid who plays Lallan and Meena’s son. His expressions still haunt me. Milind Shirke, my DoP is fantastic at guerrilla shoots. In public locations he would just hold the camera and either look away or talk over the phone. He used to tell me that if you set the frame, don’t look into the viewfinder for static shots. When you look in to your camera’s view finder, that’s when people look into the camera. He has great sense of framing and very quick at conceptualizing them too. We shot on Canon 7D as the motion capture is better on a 7D as against 5D. For the wide top angle shots, I got the watchman of the only tall building in the ghetto to agree use the building terrace. On the day of the shoot he backed out. In my broken Bhojpuri I made him believe that we are shooting a docu which is about ‘our people’ from Bihar and this film will be a ‘message to the government to listen to us to our woes’. That watchman got all charged up; thankfully he never asked me what I was fighting against. He was all supportive but he still declined. And then I realized he is expecting me to bribe him. I never felt so guilty in my life to have bribed someone, not even when I got caught driving without a license. It was a great idea to go all guerrilla with the shoot.

Without the guerrilla style, the film could have easily become one of the most expensive short films in India. More than the saving, it gave us the freedom of canning the shots exactly the way we wanted. The authorities would have never allowed us to take certain shots if we had shot with permissions. Honestly, if we were caught, we all would have been in jail. To avoid that, we made rules. No three people will be seen together, video assist was avoided. As much as I wanted it, we didn’t take the boom mike. We managed to shoot in sync sound with couple of lapels and a mini sound recorder for ambience. Every location we would find a make-shift base and hide whenever cops or some authorities would come around. I can’t thank Vineet and Ratnabali enough for their courage and conviction. They both risked their lives while shooting for Shor.

Post production took way longer than I had anticipated. I am working on the post-production of Wasseypur and I made Shor in between all the running around for Wasseypur. That was the most difficult part. I had to teleport myself from one studio to another studio, one film to another. Both films were equally close to my heart and it was difficult juggling and two timing. Thankfully, I had a great editor in Nitin Baid. I was handling post and he was assisting the head editor,Shweta Venkat for Wasseypur. They are a lovely team to work with. For few days, when I ran out of money for studios, Shweta loaned her macbook to me and also allowed Nitin to work on Shor while working on Wasseypur. It was great help. Zahir Bandukwala designed the sound and Suhaas Ahuja (You will soon experience their work in That Girl In Yellow Boots). We did a 5.1 surround mix for sound and think it really is achievement by the sound team to pull of sync sound in such difficult locations . Vijesh Rajan, is a bundle of joy to work with. He did the VFX, color correction ( made a DSLR short film look like a film)  and the titles. He also made the poster.
I don’t know which filmmaker said this that the biggest task for a filmmaker is to assemble a great team which is excited about the project. That’s what worked for me the most. All of this was possible through http://www.tumbhi.com. Most of the cast and crew were found on their portal. It’s a great platform to discover talent from all corners of India. I am eternally indebted to Tumbhi.com for not only funding the project but also to give us a platform to make this happen. Above all, thanks Anurag! I owe this to you.

Here is the trailer of the film.

Here are some reactions to the film

Shor is a nuanced portrayal of the despair that comes to underlie a relationship in the mechanized, frenzied urban jungle. The  absorbing, tension-filled narrative moves towards a mellow finale that offers us a glimpse of the inherent redemption and hope in any shattering situation. Backed by affecting performances and fluid story-telling it is an insightful and compassionate film….

– Namrata Joshi, Associate Editor, Outlook

“Shor is a pint-sized dynamo with performances that transcend the limitations of the short’s running time”

– Pratim D. Gupta, Special Correspondent, The Telegraph

Neeraj Ghaywan’s Shor is a beautiful film about a working class woman’s struggle in life, with very moving performances and a gripping ending.  The young filmmaker narrates an entire story in less than 20 minutes, something lot more seasoned filmmakers often cannot do in two hours.

– Aseem Chhabra, Entertainment Writer and Columnist, New York City

Shor is an intimate, gripping portrayal of dissonance in relationships that unsettles with its raw and restless energy. It’s a side of India, or even Mumbai, that we rarely see in our films simply because it roots itself in the heartland of a country grappling with gushing rapid change on one side and the old world value system on the other. Change has liberated the woman and hit right at the core of the male-chauvinistic society. All the world is a machine and we are merely dependent parasites on the verge of becoming one ourselves and losing all that’s human amid all that Shor. Ghaywan shows great sensitivity with his understanding of gender equations and rich promise as a sound filmmaker telling a story about finding clarity in the middle of chaos and love in our increasingly alienated worlds.

– Sudhish Kamath, Senior Assistant Editor, The Hindu/ Independent filmmaker