Gratitude

A heartwarming comedy about appreciating what you have whether you are single, in a relationship or it's complicated.

It's Valentine's day and none of the couples coming in have a reservation, one of them suffers from OTD. The chef is giving the server shit for not being able to pronounce Shahi Paneer. A single guy comes in with a book and he has a reservation. What is he writing? why is he by himself on Valentine's day? What is OTD? How do you actually say Shahi Paneer?

  • Sidartha Murjani
    Director
  • Sidartha Murjani
    Writer
  • Sidartha Murjani
    Producer
  • Beatrice Armstrong
    Key Cast
    "Sandy"
  • Gustavo Ferman
    Key Cast
    "Lysandro"
  • Cory Hawkes
    Key Cast
    "Sherri Picking"
  • Mike Berube
    Key Cast
    "Nick Picking"
  • Mary Maxine
    Key Cast
    "Erica"
  • Siddharth Choudhary
    Key Cast
    "Chef"
  • Amit Dhuga
    Key Cast
    "Dj"
  • Harriet Alice Taylor
    Key Cast
    "Leslie"
  • Sidartha Murjani
    Key Cast
    "David"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, feel-good, Slice of life
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hip Hop film festival
    New York
    United States
    World Premiere
    Official selection
  • Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    Vancouver, Canadian premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kalakari Film festival
    Kalakari
    Online
  • Benin City Film Festival
    Benin City
    Nigeria
    November 21, 2021
    African Premiere
    Official selection
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    November 30, 2021
    Merit
  • Only the best film awards
    Online
    Brazil
    South America
    Best Film
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Online
    Best Humour and Best message
Director Biography - Sidartha Murjani

A human being from planet earth, some may say otherwise :). Sidartha accidentally became a filmmaker after accidentally graduating from the acting program in Vancouver film school. He auditioned for many roles got rejected by most, accepted by a few and decided that he should start creating his own content. His first film will never be seen by the world but it was a good learning experience. His second film "The Interview" did well in the festival circuit winning a couple of awards and getting nominated for a bunch more. But awards and nominations are not what interest Sidartha, a good story does, the one that uplifts people's spirits and makes them smile, the kind of smile that comes from within.

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Director Statement

Humour is one of the most underrated emotions especially when it comes to films. Making people laugh lowers their inhibition and more receptive to what you are trying to say, which is why I love comedies. Gratitude was made by a small team of wonderful humans with huge hearts, we laughed every day on set, during rehearsal and while shooting. Even if I don't get into your festival, if I made you smile and start appreciating what you got, I have achieved my goal, enjoy!