Short Films

Paani – 1st Prize winner of I Love Paani contest by Shekhar Kapur

Paani is film on water conservation that won first prize at a national-level one-minute short film contest called ‘I Love Paani’, judged by Hollywood Director/Producer Shekhar Kapur.

Shringaar – A day in the life of a woman

A film on street harassment that women face in their day-to-day life narrated through an evocative poem. The film was made to promote self-defense through Mirchi Spray by Radio Mirchi.

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The ‘C’ Word – Living a lie called advertising

A short film on advertising industry based on a true incident of an Indonesia-based copywriter. The film is part of a series on the urban work culture and its repercussions.

Happy Diwala

A film with a strong message on the extravagant ways of spending during Diwali:

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Kati Patang

A social awareness endeavour from Spark Plug Films on the birds being injured during Uttarayan festival in India, especially Gujarat.

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A film that sensitizes on water conservation during festivals and also delves into political scenario of today:

Pakaau Film – A documentary on safe cooking and serving

When one says ‘Documentary film’, the first thing that pops on mind is: Long, boring and reality-based film on some social issue. In short, it’s always a ‘Pakaau Film’. This ‘documentary film’ by Spark Plug Films on ‘safe cooking and serving’ produced by the ‘Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda’ bursts many a myths about cooking and to an extent, documentary films too. Hence the title, ‘Pakaau Film’ – a documentary sautéed with humour.

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Visarjan – The Farewell

Set against the backdrop of Ganesh Chaturthi, this short film, ‘Visarjan – The Farewell’ is about an artist’s love for his creation depicted through an unusual bond between an executive and a sculptor.

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The Transition – A tribute to Bollywood/Indian Film Industry

A short film that captures an interesting conversation between Devdutt Kumar, Director of ‘Indian Film Industry’ and Ahmed Kaazi, a Garage owner and a self-confessed ‘Bollywood Movie’ buff.

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Second Thoughts – Winner of the IFP Recommendation Award

The film, ‘Second Thoughts’ by Spark Plug Films has won the India Film Project Recommendation Award at the third edition of India Film Project (IFP). Over 4,200 filmmakers participated in this ‘make a film in 50 hours’ competition and ‘Second Thoughts’ emerged among the top films of this edition with jury members like Bejoy Nambiar (Director of Shaitaan and David), Nikhil Advani (Director of Kal Ho Na Ho, D-Day), and Tigmanshu Dhulia (Director of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, Pan Singh Tomar).

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Cyclists’ Song – The BCC Anthem

A music video for Baroda Cyclists Club, a club founded by Milin Desai.

Churaa Liya Hai…

‘Churaa Liya Hai’ is a 5-minute film which delves into a serious issue of our times with a dash of humour. This zero-budget short film is set against the backdrop of a radio program on plagiarism in Indian music industry, aptly titled as, ‘Churaa Liya Hai’. The film narrates the tale of a middle-aged woman leading a lonely life with a radio as her only companion. Her life is divided into two parts – where one is an illusion while the other a harsh reality – both merging together at an interesting point of time.

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Jack & Jill

A 4.43 min film, Jack & Jill reflects the ugly truth of our times where despite the strict ordinance from the government, sex determination is rampant. This film brings to light a possibility where the doctors might be taking advantage of couples approaching them for sex determination and doing away with girl child. The key actors of this film are Kshitij Banker (RJ at Radio Mirchi) and Apsara Iyenger (Key coordinator at Shamiana Baroda) and voice-over by Shakunt Joshipura (Theatre artist) and Chitra Parmar (Theatre artist and Corp. Communication Executive).

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Bhoole Bisre

A 4.56 minute film, ‘Bhoole Bisre- Lend an ear’ is a zero-budget film with a million-dollar message. The film doffs hat at the legend, Mohammad Rafi while narrating the story of a hearing impaired old man, who yearns for a hearing machine so that he can enjoy songs of Mohd. Rafi. His son and daughter-in-law are oblivious of his longing. Does he get the elusive hearing machine? To know this, watch the film, and do lend an ear to this short film which found pride of place on ‘Large Short Films’, a  blogsite of directors Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra and appreciated by director Shriram Raghavan at a short film festival in Vadodara.

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Baker’s Dozen – Promo film

This film is a promo film which gives a glimpse of all the 13 short stories from my book, ‘Baker’s Dozen – a brew of 13 short stories. The book was launched on 20th May’12 at Landmark Vadodara by noted author, theatre personality and academician of Vadodara, Rani Dharker.

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Gujarat Chronicles- Romancing the roads – Gujarat from the eyes of a driver

The film, ‘Gujarat Chronicles is an ode to Gujarat and based on a true story. The ‘Gujarat Chronicles’ series kicks off with its first instalment, ‘Romancing the roads — Gujarat from the eyes of a driver’. The film was made for Chalchitra 2012 and was short-listed by judges like Tom Alter, Rajit Kapur and Hitu Kanodia for the contest and event held at Ahmedabad Management Association. Actor Kirron Kher was the chief guest at the event.

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All in a day’s work:

A short film that captures a day in the life of a traffic police. The film was selected by Vadodara Traffic Police Department to screen at Inox Vadodara. It features an actual Traffic Policeman playing the lead.

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Musafir hoon: Journey of India: Post-independence

A short film that chronicles the history of India after independence. The film runs on three tracks – the story of a Muslim guy seeking help from a Hindu, a ten rupee note which depicts India and the journey of India post-independence. The film was short-listed as the Top 6 films among 93 entries at Shamiana Short Film Festival along with Citizens For Peace. The film was short-listed by judges like Balki, Asutosh Gowariker. Actor Nandita Das was the chief guest at the event held at Blue Frog, Mumbai.

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The outpour

A film on water conservation (the title has been deliberately kept ‘outpour’ instead of the right word outpouring purely because it sounded right, sorry Oxford:). The film show utility, wastage, dispute and problems related to water without going the preachy way.

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The End

‘The End’ is a story about beginning of the world’s end. It’s basically a preview film of a film which deals with a burning issue of the times we’re living in, and is very much a wake-up call for us to mend our ways. In its brief journey, ‘The End’ introduces you to intriguing characters with stories that you’d love to explore and the film leaves you with questions to ponder over. The film is based on a short story published in my first book, ‘Baker’s Dozen – a brew of 13 short stories’.

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