Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents Divya Unny’s short film ‘Her First Time’

Bangalore 11th May 2018: Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents Divya Unny’s debut short film ‘Her First Time’. Starring Veena Nair, Satyajit Sharma and Vedika Nandwani, the perfect short features the relationship between a working mother and her 11-year-old daughter. Showcasing an evening where the mother who is a gynecologist is at work dealing with a sensitive pregnancy case and her daughter back home gets her first period.

Barrel SelectLarge Short Films has ushered in a revolution in the field of filmmaking.Through a slew of powerful short films, the platform has successfully redefinedmovie-watching for cinephiles over the past few years. Not only has it gainedimmense popularity, Large Short Films has become one of the most credible andcelebrated stages for short films in India. 

Commentingon the release, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing,Pernod Ricard India, said “We are pleased to release ‘Her FirstTime’ on our platform Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films close toMother’s Day.  It is a unique film conveying an important messageshowcasing the bond between a mother and daughter .We indeed feel proud toassociate with incredible directors who create original and meaningful content.It gives me immense pleasure to see how the contribution of Barrel Select LargeShort Films has led a revolution in the short film space. We will continue toencourage and motivate talented film makers to freely showcase their workthrough our platform.”

 The narrative of ‘Her First Time’draws a parallel between hospital and home where the mother is at work and thedaughter gets her first period. A common thread strengthens the mother-daughterbond despite their physical distance. The film primarily aims to shed tabooamong men, women and children about menstruation and encourages people tocelebrate it. It focuses on the fact that parents need to be open andcommunicate well with their children about the effects and importance of comingof age in one’s life. This film is the first one in an anthology series of 10short films themed around the lives of women in urban spaces. Satyajit Sharmawho plays the role of the father in the film is a renowned Indian film andtelevision actor who also acted in popular TV show Balika Vadhu and Veena Nairwho plays the role of the mother is known for natural and candid performancesin theatre and the television commercials. 

‘Her FirstTime’ has travelled to over 15 film festivals across the globe including the UKAsian Film Festival, Beirut International Women’s Film Festival, SingaporeAsian International Film Festival (SAIFF), Washington DC South Asian FilmFestival (DCSAFF) amongst others. The film has also won the Best Short FilmJury Award at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival. 

Talkingabout the film, director Divya Unny said, “I am delightedto release ‘Her First Time’ on Barrel Select Large Short Films. I would like tothank them for this perfect platform and the brilliant work that they aredoing. This film is very special to me and I am sure every mother and daughterwill be able to relate to it. It aims at celebrating the girl child andeliminating the taboo around menstruation. Through this film we aim toencourage parents to openly talk to their children about this natural phenomenaand pay attention to the needs of their daughters as they undergo this changingphase in their lives”.

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