Nagpur: Short films are new rage in today’s world of cine aficionados. With the internet penetrating deep into our lives, the trend has only grown leaps and bounds. At present short films have become a popular medium for story-tellers. Such films are made with an urge to tell an engaging story and it is possible to do so in few minutes with a fraction of budget. Short films are also a field for budding filmmakers and enthusiasts to come and showcase their talent before moving on to the big league.
Raj Gupta a budding filmmaker working in Indian film industry for past 9 years. He has worked on many successful Hindi commercial films like Tanu Weds Manu, Mary Com, D-Day and Nautanki Saala etc. His strength lies in showcasing human emotions.
Recently his second short film has been screened at Baal Sadan naming Dhaaga.Dhaaga has won accolades by critics as well as audience in MAMI, Mumbai film festival and Delhi International Short Film Festival.
The movie revolves around the bond shared by a young boy Shankar and his teenage sister Uma. Their relationship matures over one rainy monsoon and they begin to understand each other a little more. Dhaaga starts as a slice of life story focusing on the routines of children and equations in a typical Indian family. As the film progresses, it delves into the psyche of common people and what are their perception of Indian traditions. This Marathi film offers picturesque landscapes, melodious song and a mix of romance and drama, all the ingredients of the popular Indian cinema but with a realistic approach and contemporary theme.
While speaking to Nagpur Today he said, Dhaaga was one of the top ten Shortlisted films at MAMI in Large short film category, contesting with over 350 films. (Mumbai International film festival).It also received “special festival mention” at “5th Delhi international short film festival” and was critically appraised by film fraternity.
When asked about casting Sahil Kene who is in the lead role of Dhaaga, he mentioned that Sahil Kene was only selected because of his one single dialogue, which he delivered in one of his orphanage functions.
In her message to young and talented director he said that, a film should be simple and sweet, one should concentrate on story line, not on technical things.
Dhaaaga is Marathi drama film directed by Raj R Gupta, produced by Raj R Gupta and Vijay Gupta. And co- produced by Rachit Khare. The casts are Sahil Kene, Ashwini Ladekar, Gagan Gajarlwar, Mukund Wasule, and Dr. Bhagyashree Chitnis.One of the major set apart of this film is that all the immensely talented child artists acting in this film are orphans and belong to “Bal Sadan orphanage, Nagpur”.