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A retired police inspector in his late 50s is visited by an unexpected guest on a rainy late afternoon. The guest seems quite normal, he is neither scary nor intimidating. But the retired inspector is distressed by his visit. Neither of them wants to start a conversation, a visible panic is surrounding them. Both want to talk to talk to each other, but they don’t know where to start or what to start with. Seeing that the guest is not in the mood to leave until he talks. Finally, retired inspector musters up and decides to confront the other, the night unfolds leading to the discoveries of their past. What happened between them? Why did the guest come and what is it that he wants now?

  • Mouli V S Kanala
  • Mouli V S Kanala
  • Jayadev K
    Award winning Producer and Director
  • Benerjee V M
    Key Cast
    "Retd. Inspector Ranjith"
  • SKY
    Key Cast
    "The Guest"
  • Anusha Nuthula
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Suspense Drama, Mystery, Gripping, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 2k
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 15th International SiGNS Film Festival, 2022
    Muvattupuzha, Kerala
    April 6, 2022
    Official Selection at 15th edition of SiGNS Film Festival
  • 7th Bengal International Short Film Festival, 2022
    Kolkata, Bengal
    May 17, 2022
    Official Selection at 7th edition of Bengal International Short Film Festival
  • Lift-Off First-Time Filmmaker Session, May 2022
    United Kingdom
    June 2, 2022
    Official Selection at First-Time Filmmaker Sessions May 2022
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    Country: India
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mouli V S Kanala

KVS Mouli is a 21 year old filmmaker from Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Right from very young age Mouli had decided that he loves films and will be a part of films. Towards this end he has been learning and working in building his film career. He has written is final exam for Graduation in Photography in 2021. At the age of 14, he directed his first short film called Mannu with his friends. At age of 16, he directed short film called The Bicycle Thief, which went on to win an award at International Children's Film festival of India in Little Directors section, and had been screened at various international film festivals across the globe. Later he made New Awakening and The Super Snoring Boy at age of 17. All these have been done as a Little Director. Doshi? (Guilty?) is first Short Film as an adult. He has worked as Assistant Director for NFDC produced feature film called Who Will Marry Thomas? He is also working as Assistant Cinematographer with renowned Cinematographer Madhu Ambat ISC.

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Director Statement

The concept of crime and punishment has always fascinated me. More so after having got to lay my hands on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment novel. But I always wondered what would be the consequences if any wrong happens in identifying the criminal. This prompted me to develop the story and screenplay for Guilty? The short will also help us in understanding that human assumptions are predominant than understanding of the facts.