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Five Star

Five Star is a story about a single night incident involving two students living in Ahmedabad. The incident takes place when Abhay and Adhil get into a complicated situation when the person delivering their grocery order comes with two policemen at midnight. As both of them are trying to make a sense of the situation, more layers of stereotyping, discrimination and corruption unfold. Through the incident, we see the two malayali students navigate a seemingly tense scenario with the policemen to come to a conclusion about the delivery man whose intentions are brought to question from the get go. A story that appears to unfold itself within a matter of a few minutes at midnight outside a house, Five Star showcases the longstanding behavioural exploitation of people from different regions outside Ahmedabad.

  • Saikiran M D
  • Saikiran M D
  • National Institute of Design
  • Bibin Babu
    Key Cast
  • Saurav Syam
    Key Cast
  • Sandeep Prajapati
    Key Cast
    "Delivery Guy"
  • Vijay Singh Chauhan
    Key Cast
    "Senior Policeman"
  • Deval Vyas
    Key Cast
    "Subordinate Policeman"
  • Sujeet Singh
    Key Cast
    "Person in Gym"
  • Santwana Saira John
  • Dev B Raj
  • Taruna Khatri
    Production Design
  • Aravindan P B
    Location Sound Recording
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 21, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam
  • Shooting Format:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - National Institute of Design
Director Biography - Saikiran M D

Born in Wayanad, Kerala, studied Mechanical Engineering and later M.des in Film and Video Communication at the NID(National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad). He works as Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Colorist.

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Director Statement

'Five Star' is inspired from an incident happened to me and my friend. What appeared to be terrifying to us at first, unfolded into something else later. It was a mix of pure shock, fear and humour, an odd combination, ain't it?
Exploitation of outsiders is common in each state of India. Class differences and stereotypes makes it more scary. The layers to the behaviour of the police is not only taken from what happened that night but also from my experience as a native in Kerala, as a working individual in Karnataka and as a student in Gujarat.