Shor Se Shuruaat
Directed by SUPRIYA SHARMA, ARUNIMA SHARMA, RAHUL V. CHITTELLA, PRATIK RAJEN KOTHARI, AMIRA BHARGAVA, ANNIE ZAIDI, SATISH RAJ KASIREDDI
Shor se Shuruaat is an omnibus feature of mentored short films, around the central theme of “Shor”- noise. 7 films, from 7 different directors conveying 7 different stories on the same theme. From freedom of speech getting stifled, to someone experiencing noise for the first time, to a dysfunctional world where one lives within the constraints of what is acceptable sound, to the cynical noise of this commercialized world, to the deafening silence of a death row inmate and his need for sound, to the unique relationship of people who see and hear too much, to finally the destructive noise of social media and the redemption it provides, all films tell the story of people who want to get out!
The short films have been mentored by stalwarts like Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar, Nagesh Kukunoor, Sriram Raghavan and Homi Adajania.
Supriya Sharma is an independent writer and director based in Mumbai, India. Starting her career as a script continuity supervisor on a feature film (Iqbal) in 2005, she has learnt the art of film making and gained knowledge on various aspects of film production on the job. Between the year 2005 to 2012, she worked with acclaimed filmmaker Mr Nagesh Kukunoor on many of his feature films including Iqbal, Dor, Aashayein and 8X10 Tasveer, the latter few as the chief assistant director.
Since 2012, Supriya has worked on many ad films under international directors and has also directed a TVC for Konyak Tea and a TV show for Sahara based on Eco friendly properties in Mumbai. She continues to work on feature film dialogues and screenplays while pursuing her own ideas for short and feature length films.
She is the writer and director of Dhvani. Mentored by Mr Nagesh Kukunoor, the short film features Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Maurya and Saurabh Goyal.
A direction graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Arunima has written and directed short films, in both fiction and documentary genres that have been screened and awarded at national and international film festivals. In 2010 she won the National award- Swarna Kamal for Best Direction in the non-feature category for her diploma film Shyam Raat Seher (Blue Dusk Dawn). She’s the writer of the children’s feature film Foto that won the National Award for Best Children’s film in 2008. She’s the Associate Director and Second Unit Director of the Hindi feature film Cocktail and Associate Director of the English feature film Finding Fanny, both directed by Homi Adajania.
Rahul V. Chittella
Rahul V. Chittella is an independent producer and director based out of Mumbai, India. In 2009, he was the director and executive producer for the Global Lives Project, India. He then worked with the United Nations Documentary Program at the United Nations headquarters, New York City. In 2010, after having written and directed a few short films and music videos, Rahul directed a short film titled Muted, which was screened at international film festivals. He was awarded the Media Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar in India for his contribution to projects that have used media for social change.
Since 2010, Rahul has worked with the prolific filmmaker, Mira Nair, as her creative associate and producing partner in India on projects like The Reluctant Fundamentalist, God Room (part of Words with Gods), and Nafas. The Reluctant Fundamentalist premiered as the opening film for the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival.
He is the writer and director of “Azaad” — a short film presented by Mira Nair and featuring Atul Kulkarni, Sakshi Tanwar and Siddharth Menon.
Pratik Rajen Kothari
Formally trained as an actor, Pratik has been an active theatre artist. Having started his theatre journey as an actor with Salim Arif’s Essay PPL, Pratik acted in several stage productions in Hindi, English and Gujarati. He also had a short stint as a producer. With an urge to explore the medium of cinema, Pratik started off as an apprentice on Deepti Naval’s acclaimed film Do Paise Ki Dhoop…Chaar Aane ki Baarish. In Das Capital – Gulamon Ki Rajdhani helmed by his father and veteran cinematographer Rajen Kothari, Pratik was exposed to and involved in all the aspects of film making. He also assisted legendary filmmaker Shyam Benegal on his historical mini-series ‘Samvidhaan – The Making of the Constitution of India’. Along with working on various music videos, corporate film and short film projects, Pratik has also assisted Ad Filmmakers like Kiran Deohans, Aban Deohans & Amitabha Singh.
Annie Zaidi writes across several genres including reportage, fiction, film, drama and comics. She is the author of a novella, ‘Gulab’, one collection of short stories, ‘Love Stories # 1 to 14’, and a collection of essays, ‘Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales’, which was short-listed for the prestigious Vodafone Crossword Book Awards (non-fiction, 2010). She has recently edited ‘Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing’.
Her plays ‘Jaal’ (Hindi) and ‘So Many Socks’ (English) have been staged in Mumbai and other cities. The latter script was nominated for the META awards in 2013. Another script, ‘Name, Place, Animal, Thing’, was short-listed for The Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award in 2009. A radio play, ‘Jam’, was regional (South Asia) winner for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition 2011.
Her first documentary In her Words: The Journey of Indian Women traces the lives and struggles of women as reflected the literature they create. She has written and directed four fictional short films – Engine, Ek Red Colour ki Love Story, Ek Bahut hi Choti Love Story and Butnama – and two short scripts, Sujata and Nafs, directed by other filmmakers.
Amira Bhargava from New Delhi, studied at St.Stephen’s College and moved to Mumbai in 2011 to work on Kahaani (Dir. Sujoy Ghosh). She has since worked with eminent Indian filmmakers like Mira Nair and Zoya Akhtar. Amira is currently writing a feature film script.
Satish Raj Kasireddi
I have worked in television as an assistant in both production & direction and then moved on to chase the big dream of getting into films and was lucky to be hired by Mr. Imtiaz Ali to assist him. Learnt immensely working with him for the next six years on 3 films, Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar. In between films, I did TV commercials and television. Finally, after finishing Rockstar, took the big call of getting down to completing the script of my own film.
After finishing the first draft I went on to assist in TV commercials and fortunately got an opportunity to direct a travel documentary on a cyclist from England, who was cycling across India. The seasons that I directed was from Kochin to Kanyakumari to way up to Sundarbans in Bengal. I continued to work on the draft of my script all this while. The travel show boosted my confidence in direction and went to direct a fifteen minute short film for Humara Movie. Continued writing few more short and feature film stories.
: Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Maurya, Asimah Mirza, Shikhar Misra, Atul Kulkarni, Sakshi Tanwar, Abhishek Pandey, Pawan Manda Kale, Rasika Dugal, Bobby Parvez, Baia Marbaniang