Bollywood is always buzzing with fresh news and projects and this morning we woke up to the details about a short film titled Devi, which’ll mark Kajol’s debut in the space of short films. The film stars Kajol, Shruti Hassan, Neha Dhupia, Neena Kulkarni, Mukta Barve, Sandhya Mhatre, Rama Joshi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, and Yashaswini Dayama. Based on the story of nine oppressed women, living in a small room, faced with the dilemma of sharing their space and stories in a country which has almost normalised tragedy and pain. The film has been shot in just two days and is Produced by Niranjan Iyengar and Ryan Stephen’s Electric Apples Entertainment. Written and directed by debutant Priyanka Banerjee for Large Short Films, the project also marks Shruti Hassan’s debut in the digital space.
Talking about the special project, Kajol said, “I couldn’t have chosen a better subject than Devi for my first short film. It’s a powerful statement, written very well by Priyanka. It’s a poignant film, one that needs to be shared with the world, especially today. My character, Jyoti, is vastly different from me in many ways, but uncannily we share a lot too. In today’s times when gender discrimination, abuse and violence is being spoken about vociferously, films like Devi are far more relevant and I am glad to have got the opportunity to participate. “
While Shruti Hassan said, “I loved the concept of the film when I heard it. We often talk about a sisterhood and how women need to stand with each other. Devi highlights that aspect in such a lovely way, with such a powerful message. It’s disturbingly poignant and that’s why I knew I had to be part of it, and I couldn’t have found a more perfect film to make my debut on the digital platform!” Well, we are super stoked for this one, aren’t you too?