Papa Bags Satyajit Ray Award At London Film Festival

Shimla boys film ‘Papa’ a sensitive story about a paralysed mother and her young son who are living a strange life, has won the Satyajit Ray best short film award at the London Film Festival that concluded yesterday.

“The award was announced at the closing of the function,” said a jubilant Siddharth Chauhan, an independent filmmaker based in the city.

Papa was competing against 7 other films for the award in the category with there being three more films from India and the others were from UK, USA and Switzerland.

The film story is centered on Sushma, the paralysed mother, and Rajiv, her young son, who are living a strange life after an accident has scarred their lives forever.

The film was shot in and around Shimla in 6 days and was premiered at the Kerala International Documentary and Short Film Festival where out of 40 entries it was adjudged as the Best Film in its category.

Chauhan has learn’t filmmaking with a hands on approach and has no professional training in the craft.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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