Pakhi Tyrewala’s directorial debut short film Kajal, which has been talked about for its strong take on issues faced by women and for actress Salony Luthra’s brilliant performance, will be premiered worldwide at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2017.
Kajal was sent as an entry in the short film category to the NYIFF.
Salony Luthra has earned accolades and won a best actress award for her outstanding performance in Tamil film ‘Sarabham’.
Her previous work which included Tamil short filmOliyum Oliyum, had her portray the role of a visually handicapped person who turns her disability into an asset.
The film went on to be premiered and lauded at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival.
Says Salony Luthra, “I believe I am blessed and lucky to be a part of projects which are socially relevant and message oriented. The popularity of short films stems from the fact that a strong message can be conveyed in a shorter time. Short films today have a wider reach since the viewership among audiences involved is higher.
Many directors in Bollywood and internationally too are venturing into the short film space. And by sending such films to be premiered at festivals, they get a recognition which would eventually help the film reach a wider set of audience worldwide.”
Director Pakhi Tyrewala said Salony’s noteworthy performance in the film finds its roots from theatre and from the fact that she is devoted to her craft.
“She always believes in pushing herself with every character that she plays without looking at the end result of a film,” she adds.
‘Kajal’ will be premiered as part of the Shorts D package entitled Life, Death & Tragedies on May 6th.