Pep Talks is an emotionally charged short film that delves into the depths of human struggles and delivers a powerful message of self-empowerment in times of crisis. Through five compelling conversations, it unravels the anxieties, negativity, and confusion that plague our day-to-day lives, often leaving us feeling isolated and unable to share our innermost feelings for fear of judgment. This film takes audiences on an introspective journey, illuminating those dark moments when we find solace in speaking to ourselves.

We are introduced to Shweta Gulati, a young social media addict, whose vulnerability highlights the addictive nature of our digital society. Even a single negative comment disrupts her peace of mind, exposing the profound impact of social media on our mental well-being. Her story serves as a poignant reminder of the struggles we face in an interconnected world.

Saanand Verma, portraying the endearing character of Sharma ji, embodies the plight of a family man burdened by financial responsibilities. In the midst of a pandemic-induced lockdown, he grapples with unemployment and worries about how to provide for his loved ones. Through his comedic style, Sharma ji sheds light on the harsh realities faced by many, igniting empathy and compassion in the hearts of viewers.

Sheetal Maulik mesmerizes as a desperate woman trapped in a toxic romance. Her relentless nagging and obsessive behavior reflect the unhappiness that can seep into our relationships, leaving us emotionally distressed. This portrayal evokes a profound sense of introspection, urging audiences to reflect on their own dynamics of love and control.

Shillpa Iyer, embodying the archetypal compulsive mother, candidly expresses the challenges of raising children in the digital age. Frustration and anger punctuate her words as she contemplates the impact of smartphones on her family's well-being. Her story serves as a wakeup call, prompting viewers to reevaluate the role of technology in their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.

In a poignant portrayal, Sandeep Aanand confronts the agonizing path of truth, wherein his commitment to honesty costs him his job. He grapples with the injustice of a system that rewards conformity and questions the sustainability of those who have climbed the corporate ladder through compromise. This narrative thread raises profound questions about integrity and the sacrifices we make in pursuit of our principles.

Through its contemporary and relatable storytelling, Pep Talks seamlessly bridges the gap between the audience and the characters' experiences. This film captures the essence of human vulnerability, resilience, and the power of positive self-dialogue. It subtly prods viewers to pause amidst their hectic schedules and engage in a long overdue Pep Talk with themselves.

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  • Shweta Gulati
    Key Cast
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    Key Cast
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  • Sheetal Maulik
    Key Cast
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    Key Cast
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  • Shillpa Iyer
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital |Mobile Phone
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  • IFTDA Short Film Awards
Distribution Information
  • Pocket Films
Director Biography - Manpreet Singh Arshi

Winner of Promax ASIA & multiple Promax INDIA Awards; a seasoned Director with 21+ years of professional experience encompassing quality work across a broad range of brand building / entertainment media platforms such as TVC's, OTT, Corporate | Feature Films & Television. My ace in the hole would be my firm grip over a range of human emotions in general & Indian sensibilities in particular.
I have keen understanding of visual communications with an affinity to organize time, resources and activities towards accomplishing specific goals on a consistent and qualitative basis. Always endeavoring to keep abreast with contemporary design & styles, I have successfully directed 600+ films for renowned products as well as leading Hindi General Entertainment Channels.

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