The local youth of Shimla has once again proved their talent by winning 2 Top Prizes at Pink City Film Festival in Jaipur 2016.
Best Indian Film Award: “Boys Dont Wear Nailpolish!” by Siddharth Chauhan
Actors: Kamayani Bisht & Manan thakur (Locals)
Story: A mother’s battle against gender stereotyping to protect her child’s individuality but how far will she go to defeat the established order of things?
Viewers Choice Award: “Ram Bharose” by Aryan Harnot & Manwar Rana (Locals)
Actors: Kedar Thakur & Mukesh Lakhta
Story: A social satire which revolves around a small town shopkeeper ram bharose who is fed up of people spitting, urinating and littering in front of his shop everyday.
Shimla is slowly and steadily making it’s mark on the canvas of Parallel Indian Cinema.
Both films from Shimla and by a local crew and cast.
Siddharth Chauhan, s/o B.S. Chauhan, from Rohru, based in shimla, has been making films since past 4 years and is known for his innovative style and bold storytelling. Slowly and steadily, now, many people are getting inspired to experiment with films in Shimla. All his films have been based in Shimla and have taken the local culture, talent and scenic beauty to countries like Sarajevo, England, USA, Belarus, Italy, Durham, Indonesia, Paris and New Zealand making him the 1st Independent Filmmaker from Himachal Pradesh to have consistently taken his locally produced films outside India!
Aryan Harnot whos real name is Girish, was born in Sunni region of shimla, is an Actor and has appeared in many mainstream TV serials like Betab India, Phulwa, Chotti Dulhan, Parwarish, Fear Files, Tun Dena Sath Mera, Crime Patrol, Haunted Nights etc. His father Shri S R Harnot is a very renowned writer from Himachal Pradesh. “Ram Bharose” was his first creation as a writer and director.
Coincidentally both Siddharth and Aryan have studied from Dayanand Public School, Shimla.