India’s largest short film festival ‘ShuruaatKa Interval’ opens with overwhelming response

India’s largest short film festival ‘ShuruaatKa Interval’ opens with overwhelming response

Premiere attended by Superstar Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt

Ace Directors and Mentors of the Festival – Vikram Aditya Motwane, Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl, Anand Gandhi

Amongst others, short film enthusiasts who were seen included Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu, Anupama Chopra, Preeti Ali (Founder Humara Movie)


HumaraMovie, the premiere channel for alternate Indian content with over 17 million views & 37,000 subscribers associated with PVR Directors Rare (limited release arm of PVR Group) to launch an Indian short film festival called ‘ Interval Ka Shuruaat’. The festival was culminated at PVR, Juhu on 13th August 2014 in the presence of actor Ranbir Kapoor and luminous directors Vikram Aditya Motwane, Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl, Anurag Basu and Amole Gupte followed by the premier of the movies from the festival. With over 150 plus, invite only audience present at the venue to watch the 8 chosen movies packaged into a 98minute capsule received a great response from Bollywood and media fraternity. The films showcased the diversity in treatment & interpretation of the theme ‘INTERVAL’. The films are a part of a long competition which started with over 400 submissions for debutant directors. The film releases in PVR cinemas in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Chandigarh& Ahmadabad on Independence Day – Celebrate Independent Cinema this Independence day.

This is the first time a short film festival is reaching out to the masses with a theatrical release. The films have been mentored by Ace Directors – Vikram Aditya Motwane, Imtiaz Ali, Anand Gandhi and Vikas Bahl to bring out the best in the actors and the story. The participating directors in the festival were provided script guidance from Ritesh Shah, KshitiNijhawan Agrawal, Bijesh Jayarajan and Rajashree to casting support from Mukesh Chabbra. The relevance of the festival came from the statistics that showcase 15,000 films certified in a year out of which 11000 are short films. This indicates that each year, the number of documentary and short film makers in India taken as category together rises by at least 20,000.

About the SHORT FILMS:

  • ‘August’ by Shishir Jha: a butcher who cannot move ahead as he faces a dilemma in his life
  • The Last Audition’ by Krishan Hooda: a struggling actor who wants to live his dream while surviving the reality of life
  • No Exit’ by Ankit Tripathi: a story of a man who wants to escape life but cant
  • Ayan’ by Amrit Raj Gupta: the backstage chaos of a theater group when they find that the person playing Ram in the play Ramayan goes missing at the interval of the play
  • Interval 3D’ by Palash Vaswani: what happens when while watching a B-grade horror movie the ghost comes alive at the interval
  • Bubbles and Stars’ by Rukshana Tabassum: a film which depicts what the characters of an on-going play indulge during its interval
  • Final Interval’ by Aarti Bagdi: a story of a housewife, a mother, a mother in law, a grandmother or a superwoman who is the fulcrum of a family deserves a break
  • Gatekeeper’ by Atanu Mukherjee: revolves around the life of a man who guards a railway crossing, the only source of excitement in life is watching the train passing by…


Shuruaat ka Interval proves that we have a vibrant, young filmmaking talent in India who are ready to push boundaries. It is also encouraging to see the support from the filmmaking community for such an endeavour. HumaraMovie is going to be in the forefront of this journey and we are hopeful that this will be the harbinger of great tidings for films & talents in India!!said Vinay Mishra, co-founder of HumaraMovie.


About Humara Movies & PVR Directors Rare: Humaramovie is now 3 years old and has produced close to 300 videos. HumaraMovie has 17 million views and 37000 subscribers on YouTube. Today, HumaraMovie has become the largest repository and incubator of independent, young talent in India having worked with over 125 filmmakers. On the other hand PVR Director’s Rare is the limited release arm of PVR Group and works as a spring board to support the theatrical release of critically acclaimed cinema from across the world and niche content. Launched in October 2011 PVR Director’s Rare has been involved with the theatrical release of more than 50 films which includes an eclectic mix of Indian Indies, international Indies, cult classics, short film packages and avant grade documentaries.



Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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