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Sayani Gupta’s ‘Mala’ to be premiered at MAMI


Sayani Gupta

After having won accolades for her performance in LEECHES, Sayani Gupta is at it again. This time the talented young actress has won herself the Best Actress award for MALA, a short film at the Bangalore International Film Festival. The film will premiere at this year’s MAMI. The film has already traveled to Cannes 2016 and is a short directed by Kaushik Roy.

The film is the story of a girl called Mala whose dream is to become a filmmaker opposed to that of her family which is to get her married at the earliest! She makes her way to Mumbai for the film festival after lying to her family, only to discover a new journey. Speaking about winning the award, Sayani said, “It feels great! LEECHES, my other short has been winning in various film festivals across the globe and now this one. Short films are a great medium I feel and one gets to explore different kinds of characters unlike in feature films. There is more scope for experimentation.

“MALA was a film that is set with MAMI as the backdrop and how a film festival can change someone’s life. The character of Mala is a cinema fanatic, a girl who dreams if becoming a film maker one day and meets power house women at MAMI like Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Kalki etc and gets inspired to follow her passion and dream. She also gets influenced by the fantastic films she watches at the festival like Malala and gets inspired by the incredible story of this special child. It’s always meaningful to be part of films that’s telling a genuine story and I always subconsciously get attracted to stories that are about emancipation. The need of the hour, isn’t it? And as an actor / film maker, we must tell stories that make a difference. I, myself attend the MAMI every year and to do this film for them was very exciting.”