Actor Shahana Goswami in French short film
Kartik Singh’s French film ‘Silence Radio’ at 39th Clermont-Ferrand Festival, France
Award-winning actor Shahana Goswami, whose presence and acting skills have embellished many an Indian and international films (Nandita Das’s ‘Faraaq’, Paul Scott’s ‘Force of Destiny’, Khyentse Norbu’s ‘Vara – The Blessing’) has starred in a short French film directed by Kartik Singh, which screened recently at the highly regarded 39th Festival Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, held February 3 to 11, 2017 in France. Shahana currently commutes between Paris and India.
‘Silence Radio’ is a 15-minute short made in Hindi and French. The film is about the young student, Nayla, who hosts a jazz radio show at her university. One day, a man from her past asks her to appear on the show to talk about the political situation in their home country. She refuses his request, but doing so has its own consequences. The cast also includes Mahipal Singh. With production by Philippe Ohrel (Dobro films), the music is by Denis Volte and editing by Matylda Dymek.
Director Kartik Singh (right) was born in Hyderabad to Sikh parents who then moved to Kansas city as a family. After studying Economics and International Studies in America, Kartik started making short films in Paris. He received a post graduate diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris for his first film, ‘Les Enfants du Pere Lachaise’ (Children of Pere Lachaise). An anecdote from his childhood in Middle America became the story-line for his most popular short film, ‘Saving Mom And Dad’, which was shown in more than 100 festivals in 23 countries, winning 16 awards, including the Audience Award at River to River – Florence Indian Film Festival, Italy, among others.