Private Project

The Pain

Everyday violence in the household plagues the childhood of a girl. The helplessness and anxiety that arises from such an experience builds in her as she grows up. Her aversion to authority manifests itself in extreme outcomes later.

  • Ritesh Sharma
  • Ritesh Sharma
  • Ritesh Sharma
  • Rajshri Deshpande
    Key Cast
  • Seerat Sethi
    Key Cast
  • Pankaj Berry
    Key Cast
  • Dimple
    Key Cast
  • Kriya
    Key Cast
  • Ashish Kumar Golden
    Key Cast
  • Nimai Das
  • Jeetendra Pandit
    Director of Photography
  • Pramod Vishwakarma
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    11 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,400 USD
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Ritesh Sharma

Ritesh Sharma is a prominent young filmmaker based in Mumbai. His independent works are two feature-length documentary movies “The Holy Wives”- sexual exploitation of children in India and “Rainbows are Real” – on LGBT in India. These films got selected in various national and international film festivals like DocMiami, One World Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, VibGyor International Film Festival, Kashish, Kolkata International Film Festival and Jeevika Film Festival
He has been associated with theatre for the last thirteen years. He is also an activist, who involved in several film productions since 2008. He has directed documentary films on various social issues and worked with different production houses in India.
“KHALISH- PAIN” is his first independent short fiction.

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Director Statement

From an early age I was acquainted with a range of violent acts in domestic as well as public spheres. The need to break the silence became more urgent when I started working with children and realised the consequences on their thoughts, behaviour and actions. "Khalish" is my attempt to add to the dialogue and stop sweeping the uncomfortable discussions under the carpet.