Siddharth Chauhan

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Siddharth Chauhan
Siddharth Chauhan.jpg
Siddharth Chauhan in 2013
Born (1990-09-24) 24 September 1990 (age 28)
Renuka, Sirmaur
Occupation Writer, director and producer
Years active 2013–present

Siddharth Chauhan (born 24 September 1990) is an Indian independent filmmaker from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.[1][2][3] He was awarded the "Youth Achiever" award by Hindustan Times Group in August 2014.[4] Chauhan has not received any professional training in this field. His films have been screened across places including Sarajevo, UK, US, Belarus, Indonesia, New Zealand, Italy, China, Canada and France.[5] He is the youngest and the first independent filmmaker from Himachal Pradesh to have continuously taken his locally produced films outside India.[5][6]

Work and awards[edit]

His docu-fiction, Boys Don't Wear Nailpolish!, based on a sensitive gender issue, was awarded the Golden Halo Award.[7] The film was screened at several other film festivals in India and abroad, including Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and ViBGYOR Film Festival.[8][9] The Carolina Theatre group in the United States also invited the film for a screening in October, 2015.[10]

Siddharth's next independent production, the musical drama The Infinite Space, is a story of a young Buddhist monk who accidentally discovers the secret to infinity. The film featured music of the well known Grammy Award nominee, Tibetan flute player Nawang Khechog, and had its local premiere at the Gaiety Theatre, Shimla. The film was selected to compete at the IDSFFK 2015 International Film Festival of Kerala and was also selected by the University of Manchester UK for their Insight Film Curation scheme 2015.[11][12]

His next short film, PaPa, premiered at the IDSFFK 2016 International Film Festival of Kerala, where it won the Best Short Fiction Award. His filmmaking style has been compared with the avant garde filmmaking movement, as seen in PaPa, which received the Best Film Award "for its innovation in narrative gesture and wicked understanding of human behaviour."[1][2][13] The film later also won the Satyajit Ray Award for the Best Film at the London Indian Film Festival 2017 " for its mature storytelling which balances a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humor. - Jury, LIFF”.[14][15][16] In praise of the film and the filmmaker, Rediff remarked "The haunting play of light through long corridors, shots that stay and expressions that hold are clearly the work of a filmmaker who knows his art." [17]

His latest film, Pashi premiered at the Oscar Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival in US. It was the only Indian short film selected in that competition in 2017. It then traveled to China and recently to Italy at the Rome Independent Film Festival.[18][19][20][21][22] Pashi was awarded Best Cinematography Award at Marietta International Film Festival in Georgia.[23][24] Recently the film was showcased at a Film Festival in Chile, South America where it received two Awards and two Honorable Mentions: Best Short Film Award (lgbt), Audience Choice Award (2nd position), Honorable Mention for Siddharth Chauhan for the Best Director (Short Film) and Honorable Mention for Chetan Kanwar for Best Young Actor (Short Film).[25][26][27] The film was showcased at Jaipur International Film Festival, India in January 2018 and then the World Music & Independent Film Festival, Washington DC, where Pashi has received nominations in five categories: Best Actor (Chetan Kanwar), Best Supporting Actor (John Negi), Best Director (Siddharth Chauhan), Best Screenplay (Siddharth Chauhan) and Best Cinematography (Siddharth Chauhan & Yashwant Kumar Sharma).[28][29][30][31] Siddharth won the Best Director Award for 'Pashi' at WMIFF 2018. [32][33]

The film premiered in Los Angeles at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The festival team wrote the following review for the film : "Immersing us into a startling world of raw emotion and fierce imagination, this gripping exploration of lust and its precarious impulses reveals a bold and razor sharp emerging storyteller."[34] Firstpost reviewed the film and called it "An ambitious dramatic production. From its runtime to its themes and the many storytelling risks it takes, the film is edifying in more ways than one..." whereas Indie Shorts Magazine wrote that "‘Pashi’ is the naked truth of relationships, of fantasies and dreams and of life in itself and its superlative experiences that alter the journey for those who have lived it." and called it "India's Finest 2018 Short Film". [35] [36]

Filmography[edit]

  • Boys Don't Wear Nailpolish! (short film, 2013)
  • The Infinite Space (short film, 2014–15)
  • PaPa (short film, 2016)
  • Pashi (short film, 2017)
  • The Flying Trunk (short film)

References[edit]

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  35. ^ https://www.indieshortsmag.com/reviews/2018/08/selected-at-oscar-qualifying-festival-pashi-is-indias-finest-2018-short-film/
  36. ^ https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/pashi-movie-review-seemingly-gentle-story-of-love-and-desire-that-grows-increasingly-complex-4455313.html