Short Film ‘Sheer Qorma’, Starring Swara Bhasker, Divya Dutta, Shabana Azmi Wins At Frameline, Qualifies For BAFTA

Short Film ‘Sheer Qorma’, Starring Swara Bhasker, Divya Dutta, Shabana Azmi Wins At Frameline, Qualifies For BAFTA

I’m not much of a movie person. Sitting in front of the screen for hours on end is definitely not my way of spending an evening. But when it comes to short films, I’m obsessed. I enjoy the fact that in a small span of time, these films cover such crucial topics and put up such amazing performances. What makes me like them, even more, is the fact that they aren’t too elaborate and stick to the point. The simplicity of these films is what wins my heart every single time. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. Recently, the short film Sheer Qorma starring Swara Bhasker, Shabana Azmi, and Divya Dutta, became the first-ever Indian short film to win at Frameline Fest.

This film that is directed by Faraz Ansari revolves around the theme of same-sex love and has beautifully depicted the love between two women. Sheer Qorma won at the Frameline Fest after nearly 37 years.

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Swara Bhasker couldn’t control her happiness and took to social media to share the news of the achievement of the film. She wrote, “WE WON THE BIGGEST QUEER FILM FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD! HUGE!!! #SheerQorma becomes the 1st Indian film to win @framelinefest in the festival’s 37 years!!! ?✨ #SheerQorma wins @framelinefest — the #BAFTA qualifying, longest running, largest l queer film exhibition in the world!”


Her tweet has gone viral and people all over are gushing over the short film. The representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the industry is a step in the right direction. And where a short film goes a long way, most of them are waiting for the representation of the community even in mainstream cinema. 

This isn’t the only honour that Sheer Qorma has bagged though. The short is all set to be screened at the Indian Film Festival,  Stuttgart scheduled to be held from July 21 to 25, where it is nominated for the best film and German Star of India award. In addition, the film has also won at the Best Short Film Audience Award at the recent 34th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival.

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