Huma Qureshi, who features in one of the stories in “Shorts”, says the film has already received so much acclaim that its box office performance is not being thought about.
“Shorts” is a compilation of five short films helmed by five directors – Neeraj Ghaywan, Shlok Sharma, Siddharth Gupta, Anirban Roy and Rohit Pandey.
Co-produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap, the film will see the “Gangs of Wasseypur” trio – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi and Richa Chadda – teaming up again. The film’s cast also features Satya Anand, Preeti Singh and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee.
“We haven’t made this film for the box office. These are new directors, fresh talent, and we are also new-age actors, so the idea was to create some new cinema, new thoughts, and new films. In fact, most of the films in ‘Shorts’ have got awards, I have got an award, Shlok has (also won an award),” the 26-year-old said here Monday at the first look launch of the film.
“So there is international acclaim and the film has been made for that. That’s why the film is being released only in select theatres,” she added.
The five short films are titled “Sujata”, “Epilogue”, “Audacity”, “Mehfuz” and “Shor”. “Shorts” is releasing July 12.
Huma further said that the idea behind “Shorts” is to “create a new breed of actors and directors who have an interesting way of looking at things”.
Asked about the difference between a short film and a feature film, Huma said: “A feature is a much longer, dedicated sort of a commitment. A short (film) is, in terms of time, much shorter. But what you have to portray within those 10-15 minutes is the main thing. So actually there’s a lot of pressure in doing a short film.”
“You have to tell an entire story and the journey of a character and make people move and believe in 10-15 minutes. That’s quite a challenge,” she said.