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Royal Stag Barrel Select releases Neeraj Pandey’s short ‘Ouch’

MUMBAI: After the success of short films such as ‘Ahalya’, ‘Nayantara’s Necklace’ and ‘Interior Café’, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is releasing a 15-minute short film titled ‘Ouch’ at Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the film stars Manoj Bajpayee and Pooja Chopra in pivotal roles.

Royal Stag Barrel Select aims to offer a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors and chase their creative energy to establish them in the industry. The platform gives a stage to storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the online world.

Commenting on the release, Pernod Ricard India, AVP of marketing, Raja Banerji said, “Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is extremely proud and honoured to present Neeraj Pandey’s creation ‘Ouch.’ The outlook and approach by which we look at films today has completely changed, and as an attempt to encourage and motivate the young and talented directors, we present these short films to the audience. Keeping pace with the changing times, we are also happy to create a special category of short film at Mumbai Film Festival this year. This association is certainly a significant milestone for Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films in its journey to become the destination platform for short films. Resonating with the core philosophy of Royal Stag Barrel Select, the platform is meant to help them keep perfecting their skills and establish themselves in the market.”

Pandey’s ‘Ouch’ is a black comedy, centred around Vinay and Priya, who are in a relationship for three years but are married to Anjali and Rakesh respectively.

Speaking about his film, Pandey stated, “The story of ‘Ouch’ is an amalgamation of human emotions and feelings. As the story unfolds, it is interesting to see what a man and woman who are having an affair outside of their marriages do or not do to be with each other. I approached the story with a contemporary Indian outlook, and the way Manoj and Pooja have brought the sentiments alive through their characters is commendable. As a filmmaker it is very important to be able to showcase your work freely, and I believe Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a great platform that lets you be as creative as possible.”