Ped (The Tree)

Himangshu and Namrata are selling Himanshu’s family house. Nostalgic with the memories made with his childhood best friend and neighbor Seema, Himangshu travels back to the neighborhood where he grew up. We travel through time to a 12-year-old Himanshu and a 16-year-old Seema.

Two unusual friends and neighbors, Seema and Himangshu. They would go to the store together, played together, watched TV together, ate together, fixed things together, and grew together. But their young relationship takes a blow when their parents have a land dispute involving the daunting, old tree between their houses. Himangshu and Seema try to make sense of the drastic change inside their houses.

The children suffer because of the adults’ greed and self-centered animosity. While the tree stands taller than ever, unbothered by the tension in the air. Although the dispute is put to an end legally, relationships do not mend. Little Himangshu is kept away from Seema as she waits day after day for him to run toward her with stories from school.

Twenty years later, Himangshu returns to his backyard. The tree is still there. So are the markings of his height on the bark of the tree. He could never climb that tree even as Seema waited for him patiently, perched on one of the branches. He saw her through his window: waiting expectantly on the patio, at the gate, and under the tree. Looking for him. Waiting.

  • Shubham Kumar
  • Shubham Kumar
  • Shashwat Chandra
  • Kriti Kumar
  • Shubham Kumar
  • Shruti Kumar
  • Devendra Pandey
  • Geetanjali Gurlhosur
  • Tapasvi Patel
  • Hrishi Dalvi
  • Vijay Krishna
    Key Cast
    "Himagshu "
  • Geetanjali Gurlhosur
    Key Cast
  • Raghav V Tawani
    Key Cast
  • Sumali
    Key Cast
  • Prateek Pamecha
    Director of Photography
  • Tapasvi Patel
    Production Design & Costume Design
  • Mad Monk Maya Project
    Executive Director
  • Hrishi Dalvi
    Chief Assistant Director
  • Aditya Singh
    Location Sound, Sound Design & Mixing
  • Nishant Ramteke
    Music Director
  • Yash Soni
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Period Drama, Indian Indie
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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    Digital; 444XQ (Arri Alexa Mini)
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  • Shubham Kumar
Director Biography - Shubham Kumar

Shubham picked his first camera at 11 years old.

Shubham has worked in the advertisement and filmmaking industry since 2017, primarily working as a photographer, poet, writer, director, and editor. Stories of love and empathy drive him.

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Director Statement

Few worlds made me feel, 'Yes, this feels right, this is me'.

I read something in Poetics by Aristotle. In defence of poetry, when Plato accused poetry of corrupting humans; When an individual watches Poetry (Plays mostly, at that time), they feel - 'Oh there is someone out they, who feels the same. I am not alone in this.' said Aristotle.

I was lonely throughout my childhood, the ability of art to make another fellow human feel comfort, embrace and not being alone, drove me till here. I hope it stays as the engine.