5 Women-Centric Short Films To Watch if You Liked Shefali Shah’s ‘Happy Birthday Mummyji’

Some actors never fail to surprise you, and actress Shefali Shah is definitely one of them. However this time, she has not only impressed us with her phenomenal acting but also with her direction and writing!

Happy Birthday Mummyji written and directed by Shefali Shah released recently and has garnered much love from the audience. Presented by the Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, Happy Birthday Mummyji is a simple pandemic story of a married woman who is taken for granted by her family. Shefali Shah as Suchi in the short film teaches us a thing or two about self-love and self-discovery, and makes an impact on you without being too preachy.

You can watch Happy Birthday Mummyji on YouTube if you haven’t already. And for those who have watched the short film, here are 5 other women-centric short films that you can watch if Happy Birthday Mummyji managed to impress you.

1. Khaney Mein Kya Hai

Khane Mein Kya Hai is a story that draws attention towards female sexuality and has a long due conversation about women’s desires- something that is only discussed in hushed whispers behind closed doors. The short film is a light banter between a mother-daughter duo where they communicate using food as a medium. Khane Mein Kya Hai does not only make you laugh but sends a strong message across!

2. White Shirt

Starring Kunal Kapoor and Kritika Kamra, White Shirt is a story of a woman who is struggling to move on from her untrustworthy boyfriend. A situation where the woman is expected to be forgiving and forget all that has happened, Kritika Kamra’s character in the film refuses to settle with someone who has wronged her.

3. That Day After Everyday

Directed by Anurag Kashyap and starring Radhika Apte, ‘That Day After Everyday’ is a short film that takes you through a day in the life of a woman in India. It captures the sensitive issue of eve-teasing and molestation in a phenomenal way and makes you go through several emotions and relatable situations in mere 20 minutes.

4. Juice

Juice, directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, starring Shefali Shah covers the most common scenario of a house party in an Indian household and talks about highly internalised gender roles. It is a simple yet impactful story that shows the suffering of homemakers due to deeply-rooted sexism and patriarchy.

5. Going Dutch

Going Dutch, starring Gul Panag is a short film that revolves around the casual sexism a woman faces on dates. Two people meet- the woman makes the man realise that he might not just be so “modern” yet. The film shows us how we can always teach someone the true meaning of feminism without being offensive or getting offended, provided that they are willing to learn.

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