All you need to know about ZEE5’s short film festival

At this time, when the whole country is under lockdown, OTT platforms are working hard to provide fresh content to the viewers. Zee5 has announced a short film festival to keep their audience entertained in their houses.

The ZEE5 festival is to take place on 15 April. Nine films of different genres including, but not limited to, romance, comedy, and thriller will premiere during the entire day.

One of these films is Seasons Greetings. It is a heart-warming film based on a mother-daughter relationship and stars Celina Jaitley along with Lillette Dube. This emotional film is a tribute to Rituparno Ghosh, a Bengali filmmaker.

Half Full is a film that will give two varying perspectives to the audience. The two lead characters in the film, played by Vikrant Massey and Naseeruddin Shah, come from very different worlds and the clash between them will bring out these differences and some similarities as well. 

A film festival is not complete without a pinch of romance. Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty starrer How about a kiss? tells the story of a student who falls for her professor. The trope is common but her love is unconventional.

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Second Hand is a drama about marital infidelity. It explores the concept of love in the institution of marriage. The film stars Parul Gulati and Abhishek Banerjee in the lead roles and is directed by Navjot Gulati.

Heartbeat is the story of a girl who seeks to find some answers related to human beings before making a difficult choice. The film explores the concept of euthanasia, a rarely discussed topic. It stars Anupriya Goenka and Rajeev Khandelwal. It is directed by Manu Chobe.

Strawberry Shake is a family comedy that deals with the trials of every parent who tries to be more involved in their child’s life. Sumeet Raghavan plays the character of a father who wishes to be his daughter’s friend but he cannot keep himself from being a typical father figure when his daughter, played by Hruta Durgule, brings her boyfriend home.

Boom Boom is also a comedy based on the life of a newly married couple; this match was definitely not made in Heaven. It stars Rhea Chakraborty along with Manjot Singh, and it is directed by Sonam Nair.

What happens when a conservative family meets a modern family? Tania Deohans’ Food for Thought explores this scenario. It stars Rashi Mal, Alka Amin and Usha Nadkarni.

Svah: So be it! is a film about a girl who wants to get married but she has a secret. The family of the girl meets the boy’s family to discuss their marriage while the girl’s family tries hard to guard her secret. This drama is directed by Gauri Daswani and stars Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rajit Kapur and Shilpa Tulaskar.

The film festival looks promising and it has something in store for everyone. Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head of ZEE5 India, stated:

We are looking forward to premiering the Short Film Festival on April 15. Given the current scenario, the team at ZEE5 is pushing boundaries to provide its audience with unparalleled entertainment. The nine short films will also touch upon diverse conversation topics.

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