Actor Shefali Shah’s maiden directorial venture, Someday, has been nominated in the International Short Film and Video Competition category at the 51st USA Film Festival. The film will go through another round of review that will take place next week, before the results are announced.
Shah took to Instagram to express her joy over the selection. “Our labour of love has made it to the final selection of the USA film festival, and I can’t even begin to tell how excited I am. The reason I sent it to the festivals across the globe was to see where I stand as a total newcomer in direction. And this is such a big assurance that I must’ve done something right,” she wrote in her post.
Someday is a heartwarming story about a corona warrior and her mother, who are separated by a door. The frontline worker comes home for a seven-day quarantine after finishing her medical duty for 15 days, but she doesn’t feel like home. Her mother is an Alzheimer’s patient, who often talks about the past and the future, but has no semblance of the present.
The USA Film Festival, scheduled from April 21 to 25 is a Dallas-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of excellence in the film and video arts.
Shah is a versatile actor who has always impressed critics and audiences alike with her powerful performances. Her Netflix series Delhi Crime won the ‘Best Drama Series’ award at the 48th International Emmy Awards last year. The series, based on the brutal Nirbhaya gang rape in 2012, follows the investigation into the case led by DCP Vartika Chaturvedi (Shah) and the capture of all five accused men. Shah’s role was inspired by Chhaya Sharma IPS, who was DCP, South Delhi at the time.
She will be seen in the upcoming film Darlings opposite Alia Bhatt and Vijay Sharma, and the Netflix film Ajeeb Dastaans.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)