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Drishyam Films’s next short ‘The Affair’,by National Film Award-winning director Hardik Mehta,is an ode to Mumbai couples

Mumbai, 12 July 2017: After releasing their first short film, the spooky thriller Paroksh, which garnered more than 3 million views online, Drishyam Films is back with their next short, ‘The Affair’ which is going live today on their YouTube channel.

The film written and directed by Hardik Mehta who won the National Film Award for Amdavad Ma Famous last year is an affectionate and a tender-hearted love story that every Mumbai couple will relate to.

The film produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films and Akanksha Tewari from Bhaand-A-Part Productions stars Amit Sial (of Inside Edge and Titli fame), Khushboo Upadhyay and Mahi Sadhwani.

‘The Affair’ is the 2nd short film to be released by Drishyam Films after ‘Paroksh’ which was the 12-minute-long mystery-drama written and directed by Ganesh Shetty and received an overwhelming response of over 3 million views online. The award-winning studio plans to release three to four short films a year on their YouTube channel.

Writer-director Hardik Mehta who has also worked on films such as Lootera and Queen, says “the inspiration for the film is Mumbai and its unique facet where couples face away from the city and face the sea when they meet… so no one but the sea is witness to all these affairs. I’m absolutely thrilled to collaborate with Drishyam on this film and can’t wait to hear what our audience has to say about it.”

Manish Mundra, the founder-producer of Drishyam Films  says, “The Affair is a sweet contemporary film which is bound to strike a chord with Mumbai couples. While it is set here, I’m sure it will resonate with couples in metropolitan cities all over the world.”

the story goes :In a city of millions, every day after work, a man and a woman meet each other. They turn their backs to the city and let the sea be witness to their relationship. But this affair can only last for a few minutes, since back at their homes someone waits for them.

Director Hardik Mehta is an independent filmmaker from India, working in both fiction as well as documentary formats. His film, Amdavad Ma Famous was one of the most awarded films of 2016. It also won the National Film Award (Golden Lotus) for Best Non-Feature Film, India (2015).  The film was also invited by the French Academy of Cinema for a European panorama where it got screened along with 30 best short films from around the world in 9 European capital cities.

Hardik started out as a script supervisor and an assistant director on Phantom Films’ ‘Lootera’ (2013) (Director: Vikramaditya Motwane) and ‘Queen’ (2014) (Director: Vikas Bahl). In 2014, he directed and edited a short film Skin Deep that got a theatrical release under the anthology Chaar Cutting (2015). Subsequently he made his first documentary Amdavad Ma Famous (2015). The film has traveled extensively at documentary film festivals the world over and is available on Netflix. Hardik has also co-written the screenplay for Vikramaditya Motwane’s widely appreciated film Trapped (2017) starring actor Rajkummar Rao. Hardik has written a yet untitled feature film, which he intends to direct as his feature debut.

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