Mumbai: In the two days since Half Full bagged the top honour at the Shorts TV’s Best of India Short Film Festival 2019, there has been enough chatter about how the Naseeruddin Shah and Vikrant Massey-starrer may secure a nomination at the Academy Awards the Los Angeles-based film festival is viewed as a precursor to the Oscars as far as short films are concerned.
Half Full, directed by Karan Rawal, is a 12-minute short film that focusses on the trials and tribulations of a young man (played by Vikrant) who is undergoing internal conflict. One night, he encounters an old man (Naseeruddin) and a strange vibe develops between the two, throwing up some sarcastic and vague questions.
Short films have typically enjoyed a niche audience in the country. Massey hopes that the recent win will put the spotlight on the treasure trove that is the genre. “The market is now widening. With a number of platforms opening up, especially OTT, the audience is more receptive to new content. Our film focuses on the internal conflicts of a young man. I hope it encourages the audience to be more vocal about their feelings, and not suppress them.”