“Shunyata,” a 22-minute film starring actor Jackie Shroff, won the ‘Best Film’ award at the Best of India Short Film Festival held March 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI — Actor Jackie Shroff’s short film, “Shunyata,” won the ‘Best Film’ award at the Best of India Short Film Festival held in Los Angeles, Calif.

The 22-minute fiction film, which was directed by Chintan Sarda, was selected to be in the Top 6 from amongst thousands of entries and was played at a theatre in Los Angeles, for a ticketed event for a week. An industry-based jury then adjudged it the best film, read a statement.

The award ceremony was held at Mack Sennett Studios March 3. The prize includes a cash prize of $1,000.

“It was an absolute honor to be a part of this film festival and to be hosted in LA by them. Jackie sir and all our talented HODs made this film happen and I am very grateful to all of them,” Sarda said.

“We are overwhelmed by this award and others that the film has managed to garner in the past few months. It shows us that somewhere our efforts to connect to the audience have worked to an extent.”

“I am hoping this to be a stepping stone to bigger formats. I am pitching my feature film and original series scripts in Mumbai and hoping to direct a lot more short films in the future too,” he added.

In “Shunyata,” Shroff plays a hitman Madhur, who leads a gloomy existence with regrets. He is friendly with a child, who lives on the street and sees him getting into the world of crime.

The entire film was shot at night. It is produced by Sarda and Sunil Khedekar.

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