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Hi, I am a short film-makesr from Mumbai , India.
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SMS

Film
Film
Original Title (If different): 
SMS
Language: 
English
Production country: 
India
Running time (In minutes): 
11
Theme: 
Independent
Silent films
Thriller
Youth / Teen
Category/Format: 
Digital / DVD
Short films
Poster: 
Production year: 
November, 2009
Film Credits
Film director: 
Rajinder Singh Puller
Producer: 
Zero And Company / Rajinder Singh Puller / Anup Agarwal
Screenplay: 
Rajinder Singh Puller / Amey Borkar / Reema Sengupta
Editing: 
Ganesh Kurle / Prasad Patil
Film photographer: 
Chandan Kowli
Sound: 
Aditya
Music: 
Dev
Cast 1: 
Reema Sengupta
Cast 2: 
Zaid Khan
Cast 3: 
Amey Borkar
Cast 4: 
BHAVANI BHARADE
Cast 5: 
ROHAN GUJAR
Film synopsis: 
SMS is a simple story with strong McLuhan-ian undercurrents to it. A young girl is alone in a house that is broken into by burglars. Hiding for her life and desperate for help, her only way of communicating with the outside world is her new mobile phone; and there is only one number on it - a wrong number. Will she get help at all, and in time? How far will someone go to help someone whose identity is only a number on their mobile phone? The story subtly embodies McLuhan’s theory of technological determinism in saying that technology shapes our lives as we shaped it’s tools.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Under $10 000
Actual Budget: 
$5000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
HD
Format Ratio: 
16:9
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
2K Mov
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Official Selection for Chicago Short Film Festival – 2009, Chicago – U.S.A. Official Selection for New York Short Film Festival – 2010, New York – U.S.A. Official Selection for MAGMA Short Film Festival – 2010, Rotorua – New Zealand.

Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Rajinder Singh Puller
Address: 
27, E4, GTB Nagar, Sion Koliwada, Mumbai 400037, INDIA.
Email: 
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Rajinder Singh Puller
publicity address: 
27, E4, GTB Nagar, Sion Koliwada, Mumbai 400037, INDIA.
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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Comments (1)

SMS My first short film.

Director’s Statement:
 It was a pending decision for almost 5 year. I was striving to make my first short film from last so many years obstacle by finance & a great team. In the summer of 2009, I finally decided, finalized my screenplay & quit my ad agency job. Now I proudly say that all the efforts where worth it. While making SMS, I have actually come nearer to myself as the journey is far greater than the destination.

 Starting the idea of SMS was from the scratch. It was the winter of 2008, when I was just reading a text message & walking on the pathways of busy street of Mumbai – the idea strikes. First draft of the screenplay was written on my cell phone’s notepad in a local train’s journey. As the more filtered drafts came in, I was ready with the final script by the start of 2009. Finance was the major issue as I always wanted to be a step ahead. SMS was a high budget compare to other short films of the same length. The team was made & the first short was taken on the evening of 31st August, 2009. As I saw the rushes, I was surprised & became more confident towards my goal as a film maker. Post-production took a while, but the end result surprised everyone. It was the journey while making SMS emerged me as a whole new person with sharper perceptions.

 The idea behind making a film of text messages wasn’t appreciated initially, but I was very much confident that it was different. It’s an incident rather than a story, which changes the idea of the people. What we make out from a person’s first impression may be totally different from his personality. The notion of raw emotion that lead us to take drastic steps which may even change our life. SMS has done it for me.

 Making a film, meeting many people, receiving so many comments, team-up with creative brains, waiting for the reactions was a whole new path of life. I am very thankful to all the actors & technicians associated with SMS, which is & will be very important to all of us. This is all very personal. Of course, every frame of film is close to me & very personal. It wasn’t me who made this film; it was the film that made me.

Rajinder Singh Puller
Mumbai, India - December 2009.

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