5 Short Films To Watch Out For At JioCinema Film Festival

From Bebaak to Gangster Ganga, get ready to dive into the cinematic brilliance at the JioCinema Film Festival as the digital platform brings out a diverse range of short films

Pavi Vyas
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Sarah Hashmi in a still from Bebaak | (Image: YouTube Trailer)

Indian streaming platform JioCinema has launched a digital film festival on September 29 celebrating India's rich storytelling. The 20-day film festival will exhibit 20 films of diverse narratives bringing together the brilliance of cinema rent-free. 


The digital film festival includes a wide range of narratives from neo-noir to thought-provoking true story-based tales, intriguing thrillers, heartwarming dramas, and much more. From this treasure trove of raw cinematic gems, here are our top picks that you mustn't miss. 

5 Short Films To Watch Out For At Jio Cinema Film Festival

1) Bebaak

Bebaak is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language drama short film that was first premiered in the Los Angeles Film Festival. The 20 mins long short film is directed by Ashutosh Jha and produced by Anurag Kashyap. The film stars Sarah Hashmi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Amruta Subhash. It tells the story of Fatin, an architecture student who desperately needs a scholarship to continue her studies. When she is chastised by a religious authority because she refuses to wear a hijab, she must decide whether to stay silent or stand up for her beliefs.

The film was released on 9 August 2019 and was critically acclaimed. It won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 67th National Film Awards.

Bebaak is a powerful and moving film that explores themes of freedom, identity, and choice. It is a must-watch for anyone who values individuality and the right to express oneself.


2) Gangster Ganga

Gangster Ganga is a heartwarming tale of a modern gangster grandmother (Supriya Pathak)  and her grandchild (Veer Rajwant Singh) rekindling their long-lost bond. As the two are trying to give a second chance to their complex bond, many emotions, secrets, and difficulties unfold, making it harder to share a normal bond. 

The 27-minute short film directed by Sahil Rakesh Grover is a poignant reminder of grandparents and their wisdom with commendable performances by the cast. 

3) Ghuspaith Between Borders


Ghuspaith Between Borders is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language war drama film directed by Mihir Kalpana Lath and produced by Bhushan Kumar. The film stars Amit Sadh, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Tridha Choudhury, and Pawan Chopra. It is based on the true story of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who was killed while covering the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar in 2018.

The 33-minute-long short film follows the story of Manav (Amit Sadh), a photojournalist who is assigned to cover the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. Manav and his team travel to the border region, where they witness the horrors of the ethnic cleansing campaign being carried out by the Myanmar military.

Manav and his team are eventually captured by the Myanmar military. They are tortured and interrogated but refuse to give up their cameras or story. Manav is eventually killed by the Myanmar military, but his photos and videos of the Rohingya refugee crisis help to raise awareness of the atrocities being committed.

Ghuspaith Between Borders is a powerful and moving film that tells the story of a courageous photojournalist who risked his life to tell the truth. It is a must-watch for anyone who cares about freedom of the press and the importance of telling important stories.

4) The Daughter


The Daughter is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Somyak Kanti DeBiswas and produced by Naseeruddin Shah. The film stars legendary Naseeruddin Shah, Ira Dubey, Chitrangda Satarupa and Jitendra Shastri (his final screen performance). It tells the story of Indu a single mother who is struggling to raise her son, Veer. Indu's father (Naseeruddin Shah) dies and leaves her his last wish: to marry off his granddaughter before he dies. Indu is conflicted. She doesn't want to marry off her daughter, but she doesn't want to disobey her father's dying wish either.

The Daughter is a 16-minute-long powerful film that explores themes of love, family, and tradition. It is a must-watch for anyone who has ever had to make a difficult emotionally conflicted choice and has lost a close one.

5) Rat in the Kitchen

Rat in the Kitchen is a 2023 mind-bending thriller film directed by Arkish Aftab and produced by Dinesh Vijan. The film stars Mantra, Amit Jha and Aishwarya Desai. It tells the story of a young man named Vikram who begins to suspect that there is a rat in his kitchen.

Vikram is a single man who lives alone in a small apartment. He is a neat person, and he takes pride in his home. However, one day, he starts to notice that his kitchen is not as clean as it used to be. He finds crumbs on the counter, food wrappers on the floor, and even a few strange noises coming from the cabinets.

Vikram starts to think that there is a rat in his kitchen. He tries to catch it, but he is unsuccessful. The rat is too clever for him. Vikram becomes increasingly paranoid and obsessed with the rat. He starts to see it everywhere, and as the events unfold, the mystery is shockingly bizarre. 

Rat in the Kitchen is a 21-minute long suspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a story about paranoia, obsession, and the lengths that people will go to to protect their homes.

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