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Two brothers, Rishabh, 19, and Mahir, 18, share a difficult and quarrelsome relationship as they are both aiming to win the upcoming U-19 District badminton tournament. In order to discipline them they are suspended from playing on the court and the district tournament by their coach. Their Mother with the help of the coach decides to persuade them for playing together in a doubles tournament. Will they play together as a team and win the doubles tournament calling it a TRUCE?

  • Abhimanyu Kanodia
    Kathakaar, Rajesh Deewana, Jangle Bells, Abhineta
  • Abhimanyu Kanodia
    Kathakaar, Jangle Bells, Abhineta
  • Karan Kalra
  • Smita Bansal
    Key Cast
  • Saurabh Dubey
    Key Cast
  • Rishabh Sawhney
    Key Cast
  • Mahir Sharma
    Key Cast
  • Urva Sharma
  • Ankit Agrawal
  • Kunal Lolsure
    Sound Design
  • Brinci Bora
    Background Music
  • Sunil Thale
    Art Direction
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 27, 2019
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    English, Hindi
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Director Biography - Abhimanyu Kanodia

Born at Ajmer, Rajasthan on 31st December, 1988. After completing class 12th from Mayoor School (Ajmer), he moved to Mumbai (India), to take up Chartered Accountancy course and completed it in year 2013. In 2013, he joined Mumbai based film school Whistling Woods International to study filmmaking. He graduated in July 2015 with a major in Film Direction.
A film school graduate, Abhimanyu is a competent filmmaker having experience in writing and directing Short Films, Documentaries, TV commercials, Brand Films and Music Videos. He is hardworking, eager to learn, self-motivated and result oriented person with good leadership qualities. He is currently working as a freelance Writer-Director based out of Mumbai. He specializes in Visual Story-telling that includes developing content, visualizing it and ultimately presenting the final product on screen across various formats such as Short Films, TV Commercials, Brand Films, Music Videos, Digital Ads, Digital Videos and Documentary. The combined YouTube and Facebook views of Abhimanyu’s work as a director stands at more than 6 Million.

His short film KATHAKAAR, featuring Piyush Mishra in the lead role has achieved a rare feat of being a Semi-Finalist in the Foreign Narrative category of the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards, Oscars, 2016. Among 1,749 films that were submitted to the Student Academy this year, Kathakaar made it in roughly the top 5% of all films submitted. The film has also qualified as a Finalist at the Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards, 2017. On top of that it has won 13 awards including 3 international awards and has been officially selected in 33 film festivals across the globe.

Kathakaar has also bagged prestigious awards at renowned film festivals such as 5th Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, 5th Washington D.C. South Asian Film Festival, Washington D.C., II International Motivational Film Festival, Russia and 6th Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai. In December 2016, Kathakaar was released on SONY LIV and WWI FILMS YouTube channel simultaneously. Till now it has aggregated more than 635,000 views on YouTube and is still going strong.

In 2015, Abhimanyu was selected to participate in an International film making program called LOOKING CHINA, jointly established by Beijing Normal University and International Data Group (IDG), the Institute for International Communication of Chinese Culture.

Abhimanyu travelled to Xiamen, China and stayed there for a period of 16 days in July, 2015, at the Xiamen University and made a short documentary titled BEYOND THE TIDES. The documentary was officially selected and screened at the Chinese American Film Festival, 2015, held in California, USA. It was also screened at Xiamen University, China.

After Kathakaar, Abhimanyu went on to make two extremely successful short films, JANGLE BELLS and QUEEN OF HEARTS for the web channel Connect.1. Recently, he made a short film, ABHINETA for the show HP MTV FAMEISTAN. The short film was telecasted on MTV Channel. The combined YouTube and Facebook views of Abhimanyu’s work as a director stands at more than 6 Million.

After that he made another successful short documentary- RAJESH DEEWANA. It went ahead and won the Popular Choice Prize at the Scroll DW (Deutsche Welle) Contest, 2017.

Abhimanyu has successfully collaborated with renowned film and media personalities like Piyush Mishra, Radhika Apte, Darshan Jariwala, Smita Jayakar, Namit Das, Monali Thakur, Sumeet Vyas, Manasi Parekh, Vipin Sharma, Mukti Mohan and Priya Banerjee on various projects. He has also worked with Mr. Subhash Ghai’s film production company Mukta Arts Ltd, MTV India, VOOT, Sony Liv, Scroll India, BNP Paribas India Group and Ministry of Mental Healthcare on various projects. He has directed various TV Commercials/Brand films and a Music Video as well.

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