Mumbai, July 11, 2014: Screening of short film Makhmal, was held at Lightbox Theatre. Actors Jackie Shroff, Rakesh Bedi, Raghu Ram and Rajiv Laxman of MTV Roadies, Sharib Hashmi along with Filmistaan’s director Nitin Kakkar, Aditya Narayan, Makhmal’s director Faraz Ali, casting director Shanoo Sharma along with producers Abbas Syed and Imtiyaz Shaikh attended the screening.


The movie starring Jackie Shroff, child artiste Palak Dey, Bhuvan Arora and Deepti Sharma is directed by Mr. Faraz Ali and produced by Mr. Abbas Syed and Mr. Imtiyaz Shaikh of Colour Bar Entertainment.

Makhmal, is the story of a father and daughter’s unconditional love and actor Jackie Shroff who has starred in a short film for the first time expressed, “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience working in Makhmal. It is a simple story of a father and daughter which binds them through a piece of velvet, which touches a chord with all.  Short films are very different from feature films as their creativity is based on the content and they have a good recall value.”


Short films are a stepping stone to Feature Films for untapped talent be it actors or technicians. Having produced two films, Makhmal and Mehrooni, Colour Bar Entertainment’s objective of making short films is to create content which they believe in. Talking about producing short films, producer Abbas Syed, Colour Bar Entertainment says, “Our idea is to give rich cinematic experiences to our audience in short format. This kind of format has an instant mass connect, a high recall value, if the content is good. India is getting more digitally connected everyday and there is a clear behavioral change from traditional Television viewing to second screen which are internet based devices.”


Short stories give birth to short film formats. They are one of the most effective audiovisual platforms where existing and aspiring filmmakers get to narrate their story in limited duration. Having directed two short films, director Faraz Ali says, “The objective behind directing a short film is that all aspiring directors have to prove themselves before taking the big leap to feature length. As much as the aspiring directors assist on live film projects, the experience of making a short film is different and more helpful for the future projects.”



Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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