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Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films’ ‘Rogan Josh’ awarded Best Short Film at 64th Filmfare Awards 2019




A perfect and powerful short by Sanjeev Vig, featuring Naseeruddin Shah

Mumbai, 29 March 2019: Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films’ ‘Rogan Josh’ has been awarded Best Short Film (Fiction) at 64th Filmfare Awards 2019. Starring Naseeruddin Shah as the protagonist, the perfect short film is around an experience of a nightmarish night on 26/11, shared by the lead at a birthday dinner with friends and family. The powerful film is dedicated to those who lost their loved ones during the 26/11 terror attacks.

The short film industry has been growing drastically and short films have made a huge impact. After two successful editions, this is the third time that renowned members of the film fraternity such as Karan Johar, Kabir Khan, Vidya Balan, Ravi Udayawar, Urmila Matondkar, Nikhil Advani and Niranjan Iyengar have selected winners in five different categories.

Commenting on the incredible win, Sanjeev Vig, Director, Said “It is a wonderful feeling, when your first film is so appreciated, I would also like to thank the jury of Filmfare for applauding our vision.  It’s an honor and a privilege to win a Filmfare Award and to win one for your first film is amazing! I want to thank Endemol Shine India, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short films with a very special thanks to Naseer Sir and the rest of my cast and crew, Rogan Josh would not have been possible without their support and encouragement.”

Talented & veteran actor, Mr. Naseeruddin Shah, complimenting his young director said, “It’s always good to see young talent being appreciated. Sanjeev is a representative of this present generation of film makers who are far more accomplished in their craft than the previous (my) generation and really want to make the films they feel need to be made. I’m also glad Endemol Shine India is supporting new talent and new formats.  I feel very gratified that these young people want me to participate in their work which is extremely fresh and original and holds out hope for the future. It is my privilege to be part of these short films.”

Rogan Josh is the story of a celebrated chef at The Taj Hotel in Mumbai who has invited his family and friends home for dinner to celebrate his birthday. The dinner table conversation meanders to the shared experience of 26/11 terror attacks. As the story progressed, they joke of how much worse the night could have gotten and question the quality of their existence, especially after the life changing event.

The Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has been a pioneer in the short film genre. Working with new and established directors and storytellers, the platform is the go to destination for original and powerful short film content. Through a slew of powerful short films, it has successfully redefined movie watching for cinephiles over the past few years. Not only has it gained immense popularity but the platform has also become one of the most credible and celebrated stages for short films in India.

This category was introduced by Filmfare three years back and this is the third time in a row that a short film by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has won the Best Film award. Perfect short films such as ‘Chutney’ by Jyothi Kapur Das and ‘Juice’ by Neeraj Ghaywan have received the title previously.

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About Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films:

Centered around “Make it Perfect”, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has become the destination for Indian short films. The platform has collaborated with successful storytellers from Bollywood who truly stand for originality, creativity and Perfection. Large Short Films has evolved to create an ecosystem for aspiring directors to feature along mainstream Bollywood directors and still be able to create a niche for themselves in the industry.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has released some of the most prodigious and award winning short films with some of the renowned artists and directors from the industry which truly reflects originality, imagination and perfection.  ‘Ahalya’, ‘Interior Café – Night’, ‘Ouch’, ‘Chutney’, ‘Anukul’, ‘Mumbai Varanasi Express’, ‘Khool Aali Chithi’, ‘The School Bag’, ‘Bruno and Juliet’ and ‘Shunyata’, ‘Juice’, ‘Maa’, ‘Chhuri’, ‘Her First Time’ and ‘Iktarfa’ are some of the phenomenal films released in this platform. Barrel Select Large Short Films as the platform for original short films has been the pioneer in popularizing this genre of filmmaking.

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