Naseeruddin Shah: Shorts films are difficult to make than feature films
The actor lavishes praises on The Wallet director Saumitra Singh
Director Saumitra Singh marks his directorial debut with the short film The Wallet, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Navni Parihar. The film narrates the unrequited love story of an elderly couple. The Wallet went on to garner much appreciation in festival circuits around the globe.
Naseeruddin Shah shares, “Just like how miniatures are more difficult to make than a large canvas, short stories are more difficult to write than novels, I feel short films are also difficult to make than feature films since they have to be brief. Amongst all the short films I had done in the past couple of years, I would recommend The Wallet, written and directed by Saumitra Singh, which is a simple, sweet and moving story. I really enjoyed working on it. Even though it is helmed by a first-time director he was clear with what he wanted.”
Actress Navni Parihar says, “It was a great experience working for this beautiful short film The Wallet. It has a lovely and simple script, which is well executed by writer-director Saumitra Singh. And yes, working with my favourite actor Naseeruddin Shah in it was the icing on the cake.”
Writer-director Saumitra Singh adds, “Every project, every journey is a learning experience. Yes, it’s often a roller coaster ride, but that’s the fun of it. I feel grateful to have worked with great icons of our film industry like Naseeruddin Shah, Navni Parihar. My mother, Shipra Singh not just helped me to complete the film financially but also emotionally so that I can stay grounded and not get distracted. Another co-producer Garima Shukla and Shashwat Joshi helped the project at a point where we felt it might just not be completed.”
The Wallet is produced by Shipra Singh and co-produced by Garima Shukla and Shashwat Joshi. Hasan Khan is the Executive Producer (EP) on the film. The Wallet has won over 50 plus awards among the national and international film festival circuits.
Post The Wallet, Saumitra Singh has helmed Painful Pride, Darwaaza and Kalabai From Byculla. He will announce the release dates of these titles soon.