Short film ‘Pashi’ from Shimla makes the cut for Oscar qualifying festival
Chauhan, 27, had previously won the Satyajit Ray Short Film Award at the London Indian Film Festival recently for his short film ‘Papa’.regional movies Updated: Jul 28, 2017 20:38 IST
An independent filmmaker based in Shimla Siddharth Chauhan’s short film ‘Pashi’ has been selected for the Rhode Island International Film Festival-- an Oscar qualifying film festival.
Chauhan, 27, had previously won the Satyajit Ray Short Film Award at the London Indian Film Festival recently for his short film ‘Papa’.
Speaking about ‘Pashi’, Chauhan said, “The film has been selected to compete at the Rhode Island International Film Festival which is scheduled to be held in August in the United States.””
“Since this is an Oscar qualifying film festival, if the short film wins an award therein, Pashi will be directly nominated for the Academy Awards for the best short film category,” he added.
He added that this will the film’s first international premiere and that Pashi is the only film from India to have been selected this year.
The word ‘pashi’ means a trap in the pahari dialect spoken in Rohru region of Shimla district and is an ancient technique used by villagers for hunting birds and animals.
Chauhan said his childhood memories in his village Dhanoti inspired him to make this film.
The story is about a young boy (Chetan), who learns about the hunting technique from his old grandmother (Savitri) and starts practising it. His friend (John) encourages him while his mother is worried about his future.
The film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a wooden mansion in Khalwan village. Some parts were however filmed in Dhanoti village neat Tikker.
Chetan Kanwar, a Class-12 student at Chapslee School, Shimla and John Negi, a model-cum-actor from Rampur have played the lead roles. Besides, Kamayani Bisht, a professor of English and Savitri Devi Sunta also feature in the film.