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Ajyal Film Festival: ‘Made in Qatar’ short film to showcase Indian tradition, life

  • Nov 11, 2020
  • Author: QT-Online
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  • Cinema/Showbiz
Santhosh Chandran
A ‘Made in Qatar’ short film that will be screened at the Ajyal Film Festival later this month showcase Indian tradition, classical dance and children’s life.
The 11-minute short film ‘Shringar’ will be screened at the festival twice — at 6:30pm on November 21 at the Lusail Drive-in Cinema and at 5:30pm on November 22 at Festival City. It will feature subtitles in English and Arabic.
Scripted and Directed by Muhammed Nouffal, the film has used Indian classical dance and folklore to enrich the narrative, which focuses on child labour in the mica mines of India.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Nouffal said, “The script was completed during the COVID-19 lockdown days and the entire film was shot in three weeks in September. Indian Classical dance ‘Kathak’ and ‘Shadow Play’ have been explored considerably to narrate the story. The short-film will be a perfect blend of arts to narrate a very contemporary social issue.”
Birla Public School student Ashmitha Mahesh plays a key role in the film.

Produced by Vimal Kumar Mani, the film has Jenshad Guruvayoor as the cinematographer, Soosadima Earoni as the choreographer and Sudeep Palanad composing the music.

Nouffal has won many awards for his shortfilms ‘Border’, ‘Loud Voice’ and ‘Roadside’. 
 Doha Film Institute (DFI) had nominated his five-minute film ‘The Unjust’, as one of the best short films in 2017.
A total of 22 feature films, 50 short films and 31 Arab films will be screened at the Ajyal Festival scheduled for November 18 to 23 this year.