A black comic piece starring Manoj Bajpayee and Pooja Chopra
Bangalore, 24th October 2016: After the resounding success of Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Ahalya’, Jaydeep Sarkar’s ‘Nayantara’s necklace’, Adhiraj Bose’s ‘Interior Café’ ,Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is back again with a fifteen minute short film titled ‘Ouch.’ Starring the very talented and versatile actor Manoj Bajpayee and Ex-Miss India Pooja Chopra, the new release has been directed by Neeraj Pandey. Releasing during the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival, the short film is Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films’ effort to bolster the growth of short films category in India.
Themed on the objective of “keep perfecting”, the Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors and chase their creative energy to establish themselves in the industry. The platform gives a stage to storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the online world.
Commenting on the release, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said “Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is extremely proud and honoured to present Neeraj Pandey’s creation “Ouch.” The outlook and approach by which we look at films today has completely changed and as an attempt to encourage and motivate the young and talented directors we present these short films to the audience. Keeping pace with the changing times, we are also happy to create a special category of short film at Mumbai Film Festival this year. This association is certainly a significant milestone for Royal Stag Barrel Select Large short films in its journey to become the destination platform for short films. Resonating with the core philosophy of Royal Stag Barrel Select, the platform is meant to help them keep perfecting their skills and establish themselves in the market.”
The man behind Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films’ new release, ‘Ouch’, Neeraj Pandey is best known for his film ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ amongst others like ‘Baby’, ‘Special 26’ and‘ A Wednesday’. The immensely talented Manoj Bajpayee and the very beautiful Pooja Chopra starrer ‘Ouch’ is a Black Comic Piece, centred on the characters of Vinay and Priya who work together, are in a relationship for three years and are married to Anjali and Rakesh respectively. However, their passion has brought them to a point where they have to take a call and they decide that they will divorce their spouses and re-marry each other. A date is set when they would break the news and post that they would meet at their regular place for rendezvous. Vinay confesses to his wife and lands at the hotel. Priya arrives a little later carrying a suitcase. 'Ouch' is what happens next.
Talking about his film, director, Neeraj Pandey said “The story of “Ouch” is an amalgamation of human emotions and feelings. As the story unfolds, it is interesting to see what a man and woman who are having an affair outside of their marriages do or not do to be with each other. I approached the story with a contemporary Indian outlook and the way Manoj and Pooja have brought the sentiments alive through their characters, it is commendable. As a filmmaker it is very important to be able to showcase your work freely and I believe Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a great platform that lets you be as creative as possible.”
About Royal Stag Large Short Films:
Royal stag Barrel Select Large Short Films (LSF) is a portal that is the hub of Indian short films. It gives the audience the window to enjoy short films made by large directors. It gives budding film makers a platform to showcase their short films with large ideas. It is a vehicle to submit Indian short film makers to the international festival circuit. LSF is a parallel platform for indie films that can take co-creation with social media to the next level. The platform Pioneered under the aegis of Royal Stag Mega Movies, and Royal Stag Large short Film gains the first mover advantage in a medium that will be the future of entertainment. LSF has released films of well-known Bollywood directors and gives opportunity to upcoming directors. The platform has also released India’s First Collaborative film with 12 aspiring directors. In recent times, Platform has been built on identified core attribute of RSBS - ‘Keep Perfecting’ and hence now targeting a more refined and evolved RSBS audience. Adhiraj Bose is the face of the platform and platform already showcased a digital film on how to make “perfect films”.
About Royal Stag& Royal Stag Barrel Select
Seagram’s Royal Stag and Royal Stag Barrel Select are the flagship brands of Pernod Ricard India. Royal Stag has been the consistent star since launch, and a brand quite often credited to have changed the rules in the industry. It is for the young, confident, progressive and inspiring individual who embodies self-belief. Both the brands have been inspiring young India through its communication around the philosophy of “It’s your life. Make it large”, which has been consistent over the years. Royal Stag Barrel Select is the premium offering from the brand which is for the individuals who wants to ‘Make it Large” by standing out through perfection