“Shorts” is an anthology of five short films directed by Shlok Sharma, Siddharth Gupta, Anirban Roy, Rohit Pandey and Neeraj Ghaywan. “Sujata” by Shlok Sharma is a tale of a young girl struggling to come out of the clutches of her tormenting cousin. She is forced to live with her cousin and his family at a young age, and she endures constant harassment from her cousin. Even when the girl grows into an adult, she lives in the shadow of fear. Despite changing addresses and identities, the cousin hunts her down. Neither the police nor the NGOs are able to help her. Pushed into a corner, the woman knows what she must do. “Epilogue” by Siddharth Gupta is a story about a relationship that has fallen apart. The short film describes the love and intimacy, the entangling of two lives, and the completely symbiotic nature of a couple. It reflects the possessiveness, control, isolation, depression and desperation that a relationship can lead to, representing a cycle that needs to be broken in order to maintain sanity. “Audacity” by Anirban Roy is a story about a teenage girl who has her first real confrontation with authority when her father forbids her to play the American dance music she loves. When she decides to take revenge, the situation escalates to become a neighborhood scandal. A dark comedy about parental authority, teenage rebellion, neighbors, whiskey and house music! “Mehfuz” by Rohit Pandey is about a city that has turned mad, as violence takes its toll. But far away in the sounds of silence at the border of the town, a man takes care of all the death that surrounds him. He drags on with this usual routine with every passing night. One night, he notices a strange woman wandering on empty streets. As her behavior changes, so does his journey in life. “Shor” by Neeraj Ghaywan is about Lallan and Meena, a couple from Benaras who are consumed by their pursuit of survival in the city of Mumbai. Meena takes a job in a sewing factory. One day over a phone call, they find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption. It takes the darkest hour of life – the fear of death – to regain consciousness for life. The couple strives to find the beauty that is lost in the relentless angst of an unyielding life.