Filmmaker Raj More’s short film, Khisa, has been garnering appreciation from film critics in India and abroad, so much so that the film was recently selected for a worldwide online Premiere at the 9th edition of Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival held in Ireland between October 9 and 11, 2020
Khisa revolves around the story of a young boy who lives in a remote village in Maharashtra. He decides to get a large pocket stitched for his school shirt, in which he keeps all his precious belongings – petals, coins, marble balls; A pocket, he is proud of. It sets him apart from others his age, whose pockets are not only smaller in comparison but also ordinary and similar to each other in appearance.
The little boy does not understand the politics of symbolism that adults engage in, and his pocket soon becomes a point of contention amongst elders in the village. This tragic story of the loss of innocence and coming-of-age of a young boy is ironically symbolic of the times we live in.
The film has been presented by PP Cine Production Mumbai in association with Laaltippa Films, and produced by Santosh Maithani and Raj Pritam More, who is also the director of the film. Kailash Waghmare has written the film.
Talking about the same, the makers said, “We happy and humbled to share you our Short film ‘Khisa’ meaning pocket has been selected for the premiere screening at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival. We express our sincere thanks to the Director of the festival, Florian Zapra, and the team for their support.
Sharing more about the film, Raj added, “The story narrates a social-political contemporary tale on recent time period.
Even today we are more concerned about caste and religion rather than our daily bread. We always love to talk about our history and we have always used our great men for our own selfish needs. Khisa throws light on these issues.”
Raj is an Indian contemporary artist, who lives and works in Mumbai, and has been the recipient of the 54th National Award presented by the Lalit Kala Academy, and the winner of Asia Art Award by EM Art Gallery & a collaborative venture with Korean Govt, Seoul, Korea.
Besides this, his film, Khisa has already won two awards for best narrative and screenplay at the Istanbul film festival 2020. It has been qualified to compete for the prestigious Golden Star Award at the annual live screening gala of IFA, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2021. It also won the Best Screenplay award at the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival.