Pakhi Tyerwala’s feminist short Kajal premieres in NYC

14 . Apr . 2017
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Last seen opposite John Abraham in ‘Jhoota Hi Sahi’, Pakhi Tyrewala, Abbas Tyrewala’s better half has changed gears from acting to direction.

Pakhi said that Kajal is her first film as a director and therefore very special film for her. She explained how she wanted to do something on women empowerment but not make a cliché film.

Kajal talks about how the current system is fighting for women. It also talks about how if you don’t stand up for yourself, it will make no difference.

On asking her whether it was easy for her to make the switch to behind the camera Pakhi says she is primarily a storyteller and acting, directing are many facets of it.

Actor Salony Luthra debuted with a female oriented crime thriller Sarabham which garnered her great praise from the critics and audience alike has reportedly gained seven kilos for the short which will be premiered worldwide at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2017.  The lead actor feels that short films often have a stronger message and it becomes important to do justice to the character in a shorter time.

The Ananda Vikatan Award winner, on gaining weight for Kajal said that she wanted to do justice to the characterisation of a middle class woman who doesn’t think before she eats. This is not the first time for Salony in a critical role who has been dabbling with challenging characters in the past. In fact, in a film she has portrayed the character of a visually impaired person who turns her disability into an asset.

The film went on to be premiered and lauded at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival.

Director Pakhi Tyrewala has cast Salony on account of her theatre background which she believes helps her understand and emote her characters with sensitive detailing.

Salony is excited about the response from critics and the audience on her new venture. She believes that she is 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. Also, short films today have a wider reach since the viewership among audiences involved is higher Salony remarks.

Her observation is, 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.