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Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents ‘Friction’, a modern-day relationship saga, starring Sanjay Kapoor and Shweta Kawaatra



Director Sumit Suresh Kumar explores the greyer aspects of how seemingly mundane areas of disagreements in relationships can manifest themselves into decisions that one can regret for life..

New Delhi, September 30, 2021: Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films today premiered ‘Friction’, from the makers of ‘Disconnected’. It is a short film based on a nuclear family wherein small squabbles between a modern-day couple snowballs into a larger disagreement, which leads to a catastrophic end in the larger scheme of things. The short film is directed by Sumit Suresh Kumar, and features actors Sanjay Kapoor and Shweta Kawaatra in the lead.

The movie, showcased though a layered theme, is presented via a non-linear narrative from the viewpoint of a contemporary middle-aged couple, Rahul (played by Sanjay Kapoor) and Roskija (played by Shweta Kawaatra), and their 10-year-old son Rishi. A phone call from ‘Roski’ sends Rahul on a whirlwind journey spanning the happenings in his past! What ensues, alters the three lives forever – in ways that no one can fathom. In the end, Rahul is left to ponder over what he wishes would have been versus what has become.

Talking about ‘Friction’Sanjay Kapoor, said, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has always been a great platform to take extraordinary stories to the masses. I am excited to see what our audiences interpret of this brilliantly written piece. For me, it’s a reminder about being thankful of the seemingly mundane routines of our day to day lives. It serves as a great reminder about how things can get fatal, if not consistently taken care of.”

Shweta Kawaatra said, “The film is aptly summarized in this line ‘Couldn’t live with it, won’t survive without it’. It’s a tale of how internal friction can make and at the same time break relationships and families, if not paid adequate attention to.”

“Friction, while traditionally accompanied with a negative connotation with respect to relationships, ironically has a very positive impact in maintaining a healthy equilibrium. It represents the effort being made by the individuals in the relationship. The short explores these finer aspects through a non-linear narrative set in the backdrop of wet Mumbai roads”, added Writer and Producer Mandhir Sahni

The film has been directed by Sumit Suresh Kumar, a Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts (SRCPA) alumnus. He has received critical acclaim for many of his artistic contributions and works including Ek Makhfi Qissa, a play he wrote & directed in 2019. Apart from Friction, Sumit has directed another yet-to-be-released short titled “Kofuku” and is presently working on a feature film.

The movie will be first exclusively premiered on Royal Stag Barrel Select’s Large Short Films website –, a platform to watch the most original and inspiring short films made by some of the finest directors in India.