A lot of movies, web series, and short films are centred on the lives of the woman nowadays. We bring you 10 inspiring Indian short films that are a must watch for all the strong ladies out there:
Starring Shefali Shah this short directed by Neeraj Ghaywan received a critical appreciation for its simple yet gripping storyline. The suppression and suffering of the Indian homemakers is depicted beautifully in the 15 minutes of its runtime.
2. Khaaney Mein Kya Hai
The film is based around the theme of the time gap between the generation of a mother and daughter and their different approach towards everything. It starts off with a daughter who’s back from her honeymoon and talks to her mother about her experiences while cooking a meal in the kitchen. It has creative writing at its best where the women use food puns to talk about sex and don’t even use the word once. The movie is a part of a creative venture by the online video platform called BLUSH. The film will leave you giggling while also discussing the importance of the sexual needs of women.
This short is produced by the very talented Tisca Chopra, who also is the lead actor in the movie. It starts off as a simple movie based on the life of a normal homemaker who suspects her husband is cheating on her. As the film progresses, we find so many layers to her character which are sure to take the viewer by surprise. Also starring actors Rasika Duggal The end will surely leave you in shivers.
4. Mama’s Boys
This film presents a postmodern take on the tale of ‘ Draupadi’ from Mahabharat. The film directed by Delhi Belly writer Akshat Verma stars Neena Gupta, Amol Parashar, Vivaan Shah, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh in the main roles. Presenting the characters of Mahabharata in the urban setting, this short talks about a woman’s right to choose for herself.
5. Ek Dopahar
This movie challenges the common stereotype of women not standing by each other and having close friendships. Starring Huma Qureshi and Gauahar Khan, it shows that women supporting women is more common than you think.
6. White Shirt
Sumit Arora’s directorial debut presents Kunal Kapoor and Kritika Kamra in the lead roles. It is an urban take on the relationships and sends across a message that it’s not always the man who moves on first. The short also portrays the importance of detaching yourself from a relationship that no longer contributes to your happiness.
7. Methi Ke Laddoo
This short film too is by the digital content platform known as BLUSH as a part of their series ‘Mothers and Daughters’. The movie stars Zarina Wahab, Aakanksha Singh, and Anjali Barot. It’s a story of a mother and her two daughters who are very different from each other. The younger one is carefree and extroverted while the older one is reserved and sensitive. One of them is pregnant and the other one is trying to conceive. There is a slight bitterness in the air of the kitchen as ‘methi ke laddoo’ are being prepared for the expecting mother. It explores the sensitive matter of infertility and leaves the viewers with a hopeful message at the end.
8. That Day After Everyday
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie stars the ever-present Radhika Apte. The short will relate to every girl as it portrays the sexism, inequality, harassment, and abuse that women face on an everyday basis. It also shows how the sufferers have to take matters into their own hands when it gets too much to bear.
9. Going Dutch
Starring the very talented and gorgeous Gul Panag, this short film by ScoopWhoop is about the everyday sexism women face when they go on dates, even by the self-proclaimed progressive and modern feminist men. It also shows how set gender and roles contribute to the same.
10. The Good Girl
Again a part of the blush original series ‘ Mothers and Daughters” the movie stars the renowned T.V actress Gurdeep Kohli and the Lipstick under my Burkha actress Plabita Borthakur. The movie begins by showing a 21- old year girl who’s waiting for her pregnancy test results while her mother walks in to discover what her ‘good girl’ is up to. What follows changes transforms their relationship.
Most of these are available on Youtube to watch.