Tanishaa Mukherji's Life is Short is an official selection and opening film for the second edition of the New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival (NJIIFF) to be held in New Jersey on October 19 and 20.
Directed and produced by Vikram Razdan the film is set against a Showbiz backdrop. Elaborating the thought behind this narrative, writer-director Vikram Razdan says., "Since time immemorial, a common trait in many blessed with more talent, opportunity & wealth, is to often shun & scoff at those less blessed. Based on this tormenting thought, a story surfaced in my mind & "Life is Short" evolved. In an age of growing intolerance from couples to countries, I felt the need to mirror such realities on screen, as an eye-opener for such short-fused sections in our society".
Life is Short uses its performers as spokespersons to represent such oppressors and victims, such as the delusional diva Debika whose arrogance and abuses have destroyed the confidence of her meek manager, Abdul who one day decides that it's time he turns the tables. Armed with a razor-sharp mind, the physically challenged dwarf Abdul attacks Debika with a knife to kill her and free himself from the shackles of mental torture she inflicted upon him leaving scars that only death could erase.
There is a total entry of 50 films which includes 10 feature-length, 36 short films and four documentary films. NJIIFF director Hemant M Pandya said, “The ever-growing demand for the good content is the motivation for the new filmmakers to venture into film making. Film Festival NJIIFF is the perfect platform for all such filmmakers to showcase their talent, seek market & supply to right kind of network. The more diverse content, the more in demand. NJIIFF The aims to connect filmmakers with the distributors, networks and potential investors, and also to create a market for Indie films.”
Vikas Khanna's film The Last Color starring Neena Gupta will be screened at the festival. The film addresses an old age taboo about the widows of Vrindavan and Varanasi. The other attraction is Boney Kapoor's Tamil remake of Pink titled Nerkonda Paarvai will also have a special screening at the festival.
Only into the second edition, NJIIFF has already received warmth and support of festival enthusiast. Pandya adds, "The objective is to reach out and connect filmmakers across the world and of Indian origin, South Asian and American descent. The festival aims to contribute and further the cause of art and literature by innovative storytelling through selected films, handpicked by an intensive judging panel of veteran filmmakers and media personnel.
Vashu Bhagnani's next release Ghost directed by Vikram Bhatt will also have a premiere at the festival. The film stars Sanaya Irani and Shivam Bhargava. The film is based on a newspaper article that allowed a matter involving spirits to heard.
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