Mum Short Film by Akash Mihani has won 19 international and is selected/nominated in 70+ film festivals world wide, Mum has also qualified for Oscars 2019.Edit
Synopsis: An eight-year-old Mamta is struggling with her homework. She gains the attention of her always strict class teacher as she reads from the unwritten essay on Mother; leaving the class teacher distressed.
Director's Biography: Mr. Akash Mihani has completed his film-making gratification from the renowned Film-Making institute, ZIMA -Zee Institute of Media Arts. He also holds a diploma in Animation Film-Making from Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA). Though the qualifications are high its only his passion and dedication towards Film-Making and love for the world of cinema that has driven him to direct his first short film, 'MUM'.
Apart from the world of Film-Making, Akash Mihani has proven his excellence in the world of Animation, Graphic Designing, Screen-writing and directing documentaries and Music Videos. His mettle and thirst of perfection has always been a catalyst in inspiring and motivating the young talents in achieving their goals.
Itís a well-known fact for the people around him that motivating and inspiring people has been his forte. But this forte was taken to next level by bringing together a team of talented young people and forming a company, Sirius Motion Pictures. The inspiration behind the name was the brightest star in the darkest sky, SIRIUS. The name itself is evident to understand the idea of work.
Being the director of the company, Mr. Akash Mihani is responsible for the overall working of the Company and is instrumental in making quality decisions for the Company.Director's Statement: I was quite aware of the female foeticides in India but it was that moment when I saw an article about a baby girl left to die in a jungle with some weight on her chest. It was heart-breaking. I can’t even imagine the amount of pain that young one would have gone through. I wanted to speak against this culture and the only way I knew to do so was by making a Film. The whole idea behind this was to send out a message and after watching this film even if few people care to change their mindset, it will be huge success to us. Apart from this, we are even trying to reach out the baby girl and know about her present situation and also help her in her education.
- In August 2017, "Mum" was awarded Best Short Film at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, in India.
- Calcutta International Film Festival has the review of "Mum" published at "Cult Critic" film magazine on their website. Reviewed by: Rimute Terra Budreviciute.
- Mum has won 19 Awards and 70+ Nominations/Selections till date in various countries.
- While screening in LIFFT FILMOTSAV, Lonavala, INDIA, MUM was appreciated and screened twice on audience demand. One of the Filmmaker who watched MUM in FILMOTSAV said it's not a short film it's cinema.
- "MUM" is going to Los Angeles for OSCARS® Qualification from 9th-15th February, 2018, with ShortsTV (Distributor of Oscar Nominated Short Films).
True Incident Information: A gruesome incident of dumping a 5-hour old baby girl in Mandsaur area of Madhya Pradesh has come to light. An unidentified person left the baby in a pile of ashes and also kept a stone weighing 10 kg on the girl making sure she dies of the weight.The incident took place on Friday. In the meanwhile, a woman passing by the area heard the sound of the baby weeping and found the girl. With the help of the villagers, she took her to the district hospital. Currently, she is admitted in SNCU.
- According to doctors, there are scratch marks on the baby’s body but her condition is said to be stable now. The woman named Reshma was on her way to Daurwarhi Marg along with her husband Govind when she heard the voice of the baby. She informed the villagers about it and when people gathered around, they saw that the newly born baby was dumped in the pile of ashes and a heavy stone was kept on her chest. Thereafter, the Police were informed about the incident and an ambulance was called on the spot.
Journey of Mum: "I think the story itself was so powerful that I couldn’t say no. I still remember the day when i heard the story. I had goosebumps. I made up my mind that I will be doing this film, come what may. But just like the films story, our journey till production wasn't easy. We have been through some tough times trying to make this happen. Many boulders were thrown on our way to try and crush our dreams, one among them being "My Accident", my left leg shattered into 28 pieces, but of course not our dreams.
- Even during the production, there were some unexplainable and uncontrollable obstacles ready to ruin all our effort. Rain was another biggest threat but still we managed to make it possible after 21 months of hard and sincere work. So, yes it obviously makes me feel good about the dedication and effort and passion taken by the team in sending out this message. I would also like to sincerely acknowledge the direct and indirect efforts and continuous support given by all of those who have been through this journey of MUM with us. We gratefully thank you for everything you have blessed us with”.