Interview with

Vishal Lalwani

Director/Writer/Star of

Vishal Lalwani

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

This was my first short film, and I was not aware of how to go about making one. All I wanted to do was to tell this particular story, a story which I deeply relate with, and I really wanted to express my feelings through a film. The message is relevant today also, and that is ‘don’t bottle up your feelings.’ I still remember we had a tiny crew and cast, and even though we have won so many awards, we never thought that this short film would be appreciated so much and that the message would be received so much love. It was literally a home film, and I think it was the ‘hunger’ for making a short film that helped us become this successful.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

The biggest challenge for me was to make sure that the message is delivered successfully, and that was because my crew and I didn’t have any experience making a short film. I was personally very overwhelmed during the whole process. Particularly, another challenge was to be an actor and director at the same time… I had to switch hats, and I think I could have done a better job.

How has the short film been received?

We never expected it to enter any festival because we made up our minds that this one is not going to any festival. Two years later, the short film has entered ten to twelve film festivals and won four awards. More than that, the audience has loved it, and because of the message, the short film has been used as an example for conveying the message about mental health.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

We are so excited because we actually do have projects in the pipeline. There are, in fact, two of them, and we cannot wait to release them this year. This time, I am moving away from the experimental and social message zone and creating thrillers.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

The best advice I would like to give is that if you can live the story in your mind and on your pages (while writing), you can definitely make one. Don’t worry whether it will be successful or not; that is the last thing you have to be bothered about.

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Interview with

Vishal Lalwani

Director/Writer/Star of

Vishal Lalwani

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

This was my first short film, and I was not aware of how to go about making one. All I wanted to do was to tell this particular story, a story which I deeply relate with, and I really wanted to express my feelings through a film. The message is relevant today also, and that is ‘don’t bottle up your feelings.’ I still remember we had a tiny crew and cast, and even though we have won so many awards, we never thought that this short film would be appreciated so much and that the message would be received so much love. It was literally a home film, and I think it was the ‘hunger’ for making a short film that helped us become this successful.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

The biggest challenge for me was to make sure that the message is delivered successfully, and that was because my crew and I didn’t have any experience making a short film. I was personally very overwhelmed during the whole process. Particularly, another challenge was to be an actor and director at the same time… I had to switch hats, and I think I could have done a better job.

How has the short film been received?

We never expected it to enter any festival because we made up our minds that this one is not going to any festival. Two years later, the short film has entered ten to twelve film festivals and won four awards. More than that, the audience has loved it, and because of the message, the short film has been used as an example for conveying the message about mental health.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

We are so excited because we actually do have projects in the pipeline. There are, in fact, two of them, and we cannot wait to release them this year. This time, I am moving away from the experimental and social message zone and creating thrillers.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

The best advice I would like to give is that if you can live the story in your mind and on your pages (while writing), you can definitely make one. Don’t worry whether it will be successful or not; that is the last thing you have to be bothered about.

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