Tell Your Parents

After 5 years of their relationship, the girl struggles to convince the boy to apprise his parents about them. The boy seems to be dithering and stalling because he is aware the full weight of an inter faith marriage would do to his parents. But the girl has made up her mind. It’s now or never and she will push through.
The entire movie unfolds in real time over their morning walk on a weekend trip to Matheran. There are real conversations, stolen looks, brief pauses and unbeknownst to her, startling revelations.

  • Neshu Saluja
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    27,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.02:01
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Neshu Saluja

Neshu Saluja is an independent filmmaker, writer and lyricist based in Mumbai. He grew up in Itarsi (Madhya Pradesh) and finished his graduation in arts from Bhopal, where he did his first stint as an actor in a show called Dastan-E-Jurm for ETV Madhya Pradesh.
Later, he came down to Mumbai to study film making from Whistling Woods International. While exploring many aspects of film making, he started writing lyrics and jingles for short films and Cartoon Network as well as directing corporate ads.
He has worked as an Assistant director in feature films like “Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend”, “Juze” and short films like “Bawdi”, “GoodBye” and many more.
He started his production house, Indian Pariah Pictures in 2015 and so far they have produced music videos, short movies and mini web series called Alfaaz ke Silsiley.
Bhasha (2017) was his first single take short film that got screened in 16th river-to-river Florence Indian film festival and Short Film Festival in Goa and Pune.
His next 30 min Silent Short Film Roz Khaao Ande (2018) was also selected at 18th river to river Florence Indian Festival and Chambal International Film Festival.
Ghar Pe Bataao (2020) is his first directorial feature film. It’s a one shot film with duration of 72 minutes.

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Director Statement

I have always sought out real stories of real people with their real issues. I feel personal stories of love and loss rings a universal echo.
I believe love is the most powerful emotion and for any person to experience love, there has to be innocence and immaturity. But in a multipluralistic society like India, there are many borders one needs to trangress each time anyone falls in love. Whether it’s religion, caste, community or being rich and poor, love is reduced to a mere transaction that involves heavy negotiation.
My characters have reached a tipping point where there relationship holds no more breathing space. They are at a threshold and to move forward, they need to negotiate with each other and the world.
I have shot the entire movie in single take unfolding in real time. I want to invite the audience to be with the characters. I want the audience to sit with them when they are sitting and to walk with them when they are walking.
The natural ambience is the real music for the film and hence I haven’t used any background score. I wanted to create an experience of the real world.
We shot this movie at Matheran Hill Station. It’s a no vehicle zone, the crew of 13 people had to walk 10 kms for the shoot lugging with equipments. Choosing to go with sync sound made the shoot even more challenging.
We had three camera operators and one attendent besides the DOP who was also pulling focus to make sure the single shot goes smoothly.
A personal loan was taken by my producer Ankush Rai to make this film happen and he gave me full creative freedom to execute as we share the same passion for cinema.