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Rahul Khandalkar - Award Winning Short Film - Born to Die

His Short Film on Female Infanticide has won International Acclaim

Ignited by artistic creativity and constrained only by their duration, short films have transformed traditional storytelling. With the growing influence of the Internet, short films are increasingly attracting more viewers and have become a popular medium for story-tellers today. Born To Die, a touching tale on female infanticide by Rahul Khandalkar’s Confluence India Films, has made headlines as it has been honoured with four awards in international short film festivals and has also bagged nine nominations and seven official selections in various short film festivals.

Rahul Khandalkar
Rahul Khandalkar

A student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and graduate from IAAN School of Mass Communication, Delhi, Rahul started his media career with Dainik Bhaskar and today he is actively involved as a freelance journalist and writer for many channels, newspapers, web portals and magazines in Delhi. As a film director, producer and writer, he has been associated with many short films and documentaries, many of which have earned international acclaim. In addition to these, Rahul is also a core member of many international and national film festivals in the country. He has made significant contributions in setting up of Rising International Short Film Festival, Pune, Miraj International Film Festival and Ahmednagar International Film Festival.

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Rahul Khandalkar - Award winning short film - Born to Die - Rising International Short Film Festival Pune
Rahul Khandalkar at Rising International Short Film Festival, Pune

Rahul Khandalkar - Award winning short film - Born to Die - Miraj Film Festival
Rahul Khandalkar at Miraj Film Festival

 

Rahul Khandalkar - Award winning short film - Born to Die - Ahmednagar Film Festival
Rahul Khandalkar at Ahmednagar Film Festival

 

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My hobbies include Writing and Conceptualizing things which brought me closer to films. From early stage of my life, I started comparing Indian Cinema with World Cinema which led me to make a kind of cinema which is not often made these days i.e; Artistic Cinema. All my films can be categorized as Art Films. That might be the reason why films of our production house are consistently getting honoured especially at international film festivals throughout the world.
Rahul Khandalkar

Born to die is a very touching tale of female infanticide that shakes up your belief system. It is only a 5 min long film but its specialty is that it has been made in a very creative and unique way with no characters and no dialogues but yet has the capacity to stir your soul. Perhaps, this is the reason why this movie is receiving critical acclaim at national and international levels. The film is shot with the depiction of two hands and a sprout and the life of a girl has been shown using a growing plant as a metaphor. It portrays the harsh reality of how girls are killed in the womb or immediately after birth due to gender bias. Rahul Khandalkar is the producer, director, writer and cinematographer, editing and sound was handled by Indranil Nandi with Urmila Khandalkar playing an important role in the film made under the banner of Confluence India Films.

Born to Die

♦ One of only two Indian entries selected for International Mobile Film Festival, California to be held in Apr’17
♦ Only Indian entry selected for 2017 Amazon International Film Festival, Brazil
♦ Second Best Film Award at Indian Panorama 2017 organised by MECCA Film and Photography Society, New Delhi
♦ Third Best Film Award at Cortokino International Short Film Festival 2017, Mumbai.
♦ Best Background Score and Sound Editing, Udaan Film Festival 2017, New Delhi
♦ Third Best Film Award at Maharashtra State Films and Drama Association’s Kolhapur Film Festival 2017

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Rahul Khandalkar - Award winning short film - Born to Die - Kolhapur Film Festival
Rahul Khandalkar – Born to Die receives third prize at Kolhapur Film Festival
Rahul Khandalkar's Born to Die - Indranil Nandi receiving Best Background and Sound Editing Award at Udaan Film Festival
Rahul Khandalkar’s Born to Die – Indranil Nandi receiving Best Background and Sound Editing Award at Udaan Film Festival, New Delhi
Rahul Khandalkar's Born to Die - Cortokino Film Festival Mumbai
Rahul Khandalkar’s Born to Die – Third at Cortokino Film Festival Mumbai
Rahul Khandalkar - Award winning short film - Born to Die - International Mobile Film Festival - California
Rahul Khandalkar – Award winning short film – Born to Die – Selection for International Mobile Film Festival 2017, California, USA
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Hailing from Solapur, Maharashtra, and currently based in Delhi, Rahul struggled a lot to make a mark in mainstream cinema for which he worked as an assistant in various films and film festivals in the industry for years, but today he has created his own brand in the industry. As a film maker, he is associated with Bollywood, Tollywood and mainly Marathi film industry. Talking about his current projects, Rahul is working as an executive producer and publicity designer for one Bollywood and two Marathi films (Dandam and Thigal) that are slated for release in the near future. Apart from this, Rahul is going to release two more short films in this month under the banner of Confluence India Films whose titles are Preserve and Footprints.

Rahul Khandalkar - Posters of Marathi movie Dandam and Short films Preserve and Footprints
Rahul Khandalkar – Posters of Marathi movie Dandam and Short films Preserve and Footprints

Born to die has filled me with a new energy and motivation that yes we all are going into right direction and we can do much more better. It has strengthened our belief that we are no less than any other Production house of International repute.
Rahul Khandalkar

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