Sushmita Sen’s eldest daughter Renee Sen threw out a debut designed for a star child and chose a short film titled Suttabaazi as her first acting project. Kabeer Khurana’s direction was screened on Wednesday on the Bandra Film Festival’s YouTube channel in the ‘Quirky’ category.
The 14-minute short film was officially released in January. It centers on a 19-year-old social media addict Diya stuck at home amid online classes and nagging parents in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The only reprieve is her newly acquired habit of smoking. While Renee plays the lead role, Komal Chhabria and Rahul Vohra also play her parents in the film.
Sharing her excitement, Renee said: “I’m so happy for all the love this poignant short film has gotten. We filmed this during the last lockdown, I’m glad so many platforms are recognizing our hard work and showcasing the film. that Bandra Film Festival has a good lineup of films and I am humbled to be a part of this film festival.”
She called Suttabaazi a satisfying experience, adding: “Suttabaazi will always be special to me, I have enjoyed every bit of playing Diya. The film taught me a lot, both personally and professionally. Whatever the situation – or “Now it’s a good day or there’s clutter on set – I need to be able to give the perfect shot, it made me much more focused. Working on this film is very satisfying. I’m really glad it happened.”
In addition to Suttabaazi, A Decent Arrangement featuring Shabana Azmi, Adhir Bhat, Diksha Basu, Navneet Nishan and Adam Laupus was also showcased at the Bandra Film Festival. The comedy drama explores the complexities of ethnic identity and the choices made by the shrinking globe.
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Another film, called Fried Fish, Chicken Soup And A Premiere Show from director Mamta Murthy, made it to the lineup. Set in Manipur, it paints a portrait of cinema and its citizens over a century.
Ranbir Kapoor’s Oscar nominated short film Karma was also screened at the Bandra Film Festival last month. The film was released in 2004 and won a nomination at the Student Oscars. Directed by Abhay Chopra, the grandson of veteran filmmaker BR Chopra, Karma also starred Sharat Saxena and Milind Joshi.
Karma happened to Ranbir when he was a film student with Abhay Chopra. Three years later, he made his Bollywood debut with Saawariya (2007).
Bandra Film Festival is a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube. It contains a mixed bag of shorts, feature films and documentaries.