ZEE5 to kick-off short film festival on 15 April

MUMBAI: Video streaming platform ZEE5 is coming up with a short film festival starring actors like Vikrant Massey, Naseeruddin Shah, Rhea Chakraborty, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sumeet Raghvan, Hruta Durgule, and many others will be seen in films directed by popular film-makers like Sonam Nair, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Karan Rawal and many more.

As part of the festival, nine distinctive films across diverse genres of love, drama, thriller, comedy, family drama, will premiere on 15th April, exclusively on ZEE5.

“We are looking forward to premiere the Short Film Festival on 15th April. Given the current scenario, the team at ZEE5 is pushing boundaries to provide its audience with unparalleled star-studded entertainment. The nine short films will also touch upon diverse conversation topics,” expressed ZEE5 India Programming Head Aparna Acharekar.

Here is the line-up:

‘Half Full’ revolves around two men having contrasting attitudes coming from two different worlds, but are headed towards the same vertex. Vikrant Massey and Naseeruddin Shah will be seen playing lead roles in a Karan Rawal Directorial.

‘Heartbeat’ directed by Manu Chobe, revolves around how Saanvi is all set to make the biggest decision of her life but not before getting some answers about humans! The film stars Anupriya Goenka and Rajeev Khandelwal.

Based in Kolkata, ‘Seasons Greetings’ talks about a mother-daughter relationship. The story has many wraps to unfold, starring Celina Jaitley and Lillette Dubey in lead roles. Author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Hindi feature film is a Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh that touches upon human emotions, interwoven with many contemporary social aspects which one needs to address.

‘How about a kiss?’ stars Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty in a Satarupa Sanyal directorial where a student falls in love with her professor. But things take a turn in this 23 minutes romantic drama when Anand questions his feelings for Pari. Is it inappropriate for Anand to fall in love with his student?

‘Second Hand’ starring Parul Gulati and Abhishek Banerjee is all about marriage, love, and cheating. Directed by Navjot Gulati.

‘Svah! So be it’ is a family drama of a girl wanting to get married facing the most bizarre hurdle ever. Starring Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rajit Kapur and Shilpa Tulaskar, it is a Gauri Daswani directorial.

‘Food for Thought’ directed by Tania Deohans, stars Rashi Mal, Alka Amin, and Usha Nadkarni. The story is about when a broad-minded family meets a conservative family to see if Simran meets the stringent requirement of being a daughter-in-law.

Directed by Sonam Nair, ‘Boom Noom’ is a comedy film starring Rhea Chakraborty and Manjot Singh. It is all about how marriage is not a bed of roses when one hasn’t even kissed before and
the other already has had too much to eat on their own wedding feast!

A new coming of age drama titled ‘Strawberry Shake’ is about a single father who tells his 19-year-old daughter to treat him as a friend but things go wrong when she brings her boyfriend home, creating an awkward situation for her father. Directed by Shoneel Yallattikar, Starring Sumit Raghavan and Hruta Durgule is a must-watch.

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