During the monsoon season, a small-town widow travels to Mumbai on the anniversary of her husband’s death, to take part in customary Hindu prayers which are held in the mourning period. However the daughter arrives late and drunk and their journey begins, pauses, stops and starts again. The distance shrinks, the roles exchange, in the same moment… in the same space.

MAD explores the themes of migration, identity and womanhood in contemporary India through the choices and decisions taken by both mother and daughter.

MAD is available on Youtube on the reputed Large Short Films portal where it has received an overwhelmingly positive response. The short film was also nominated at the respected Film Critics Guild awards in India in the best director, best actress and best screenplay categories.

  • Vinod Rawat
  • Vinod Rawat
  • Vinod Rawat
  • Saiwyn Quadras
  • Rita Heer
    Key Cast
  • Sonal Jha
    Key Cast
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    22 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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  • Mumbai film festival (MAMI)
    October 14, 2017
    Indian Premiere
  • Edinburgh Festival of Indian Films & Documentaries (EFIFD)
    United Kingdom
    November 24, 2017
    United Kingdom premiere
    Audience award winner
  • London Online Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 19, 2017
    English premiere
    Semi finalist
  • Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 19, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Large Short Films
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Vinod Rawat

Vinod Rawat initially started his career as an actor after graduation from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has steadily worked within the industry since 2009. During this time, he has also worked as an on set acting teacher and associate director for a number of films, the latest being Neerja. This film has recently been awarded at the National Awards ceremony in India. MAD is Vinod's first narrative short film as a director and producer. MAD has been selected as a short film winner at the Mumbai Film festival (MAMI), audience winner at Edinburgh Festival of indian Films & Documentaries, semi finalist at Filmshort film festival in London as well as being screened at the Los Angeles Lift-Off film festival.

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Director Statement

MAD was written and created as I had wanted to explore themes of death & grieving as well as gender and migration within lower middle class communities from North India.

With the help of an incredible team, each with unique strengths and capabilities, MAD explores through the choices we take and the effects our choices have not only for ourselves but the people closest to us. As products of a society & country in rapid transition, both mother and daughter in MAD are forced to negotiate their position in society.