Starring Jackie Shroff, the film is based on the life of a depressed hitman and how he finds a ray of hope in an unusual friendship

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents Chintan Sarda’s Shunyata

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films releases their latest short film ‘Shunyata’, starring Bollywood’s spunky, spirited and versatile actor, Jackie Shroff and national award winning actor Machindra Gadkar. Directed by Chintan Sarda, who is known for his work as an Assistant Director in Don 2, The Shaukeens and Raaz: The Mystery Continues, the new short film is a story of a hitman, who leads a life full of regrets and an extremely bleak existence. However, life gives him a second chance through an unusual friendship with a street kid who has a makeshift tea stall.

Chintan’s fascination towards crime forms the central theme of this movie. The film’s plot depicts the desperation of the deprived and ambitions of the disgruntled sections of the unjust society that makes gangsters out of ordinary people. With ‘Shunyata’, Chintan Sarda becomes part of Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films along with some of the credible names in Indian film industry like Imtiaz Ali, Sujoy Ghosh, Tisca Chopra,Anurag Khasyap, Manoj Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah, Neeraj Pandey and Konkona Sen Sharma.

Over the last three years, the platform has gained immense popularity and has become one of the most credible and celebrated stages for short films in India. It has released some of the most prodigious and award winning short films which truly reflect originality, imagination and perfection such as ‘Ahalya’, ‘Interior Café – Night’, ‘Ouch’, ‘Chutney’, ‘That Gusty Morning’, ‘Mumbai Varanasi Express’, ‘Khool Aali Chithi’ and ‘The School Bag.’

Commenting on the release, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said “Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is delighted to associate with Jackie Shroff for this new short film. Every new film released under the Large Short Films banner enhances our presence in the short film industry in India and brings to limelight our consistent efforts towards driving the growth of the category as a whole. In line with the brand’s objective of make it perfect, we have always believed well-known Bollywood directors/actors with their exclusive work will motivate aspiring directors to create original content for the platform in the future.”

Themed on the philosophy of “Make it Perfect”, The Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors while still chasing their creative energy to create a niche for themselves in the industry. The platform gives a credible stage to the storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the digital world.

Talking about the film, Jackie Shroff said, “It was an amazing experience working with Chintan Sarda on this short film and I hope my fans appreciate my work. Through my character in Shunyata, we have tried to depict the emotions of a gangster and what drives people to live outside the so called laws of civilized society. I feel really proud to be associated with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. It is certainly an incredible platform for aspiring filmmakers who want to explore their creative freedom through the new age media.”

Expressing his excitement on the release, the director, Chintan Sarda said, “Shunyata is based on crime, a theme I have always been fascinated with. Real life gangsters make a fantastic character study, who are almost always on the path of self-destruction. It was a great experience working with Jackie Sir and I believe there could have been no one better to play the lead in the film. His edgy street lingo, intensity and his powerful persona were important for Madhur’s character. I would really like to thank Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films for the incredible work that they are doing. This platform truly encourages and motivates filmmakers to exhibit their work perfectly.”

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