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Nandita Das praises Aarti Neharsh’s short film about two women falling in love

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At only 24, Aarti Neharsh has written and directed ‘The Song We Sang’ – a romantic bittersweet tale about two people who find something in each other they have not found before. In its 20 minutes run time, it explores the warmth of an instant connection, heartbreak and choices. Produced by Green Chutney Films, it had its European Premiere at London Indian Film Festival, where it won ‘Special Mention’.

Nandita Das shares, “‘The Song We Sang’, directed by a young filmmaker, Aarti Neharsh, celebrates the beginning of romance between two strangers. The short film is simple and sweet. It treasures and mourns its moments at the same time.” The actress who had a lead role in Deepa Mehta’s ‘Fire’ (1996) opposite Shabana Azmi, played a lesbian.

It will have its India Premiere at 11th edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. The short is nominated in two categories ‘Indian Narrative Shorts section’ and ‘The Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker’ at Kashish, which will be held online from July 22 to 30.

Aarti Neharsh whose graduation short film won the Best Student Film Award says, “It has been an overwhelming journey so far right from making the film to now bringing it to people who have received it with so much love and I am really excited for the Indian premiere. It is definitely special because it is also the first time the film will reach people here back home. I want to thank my producers at Green Chutney Films for making this happen and for believing in the story and in me right from the start. I also want to thank Nandita Das for her gracious and kind words on the film. It has really uplifted this journey.”

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