Shamika Tomar, the Agra girl who made it to the Hollywood, produced and directed a short film titled The Grief. about the struggles carriage driver who ferries tourists between the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Tomar said: “It is much more challenging to power pack a message in a short 10-minute film. But my script is tight and I have done enough homework in selecting locales.
Shamika Tomar, who was born in India, has bagged two short Hollywood films within 15 months of her stay in the US. Her future plans are to make “quality” movies in India.
She made two films titled Awaken and On the Verge.
“Awaken is the story of a young girl, who faces life-changing consequences of drunken driving by losing her best friend. The remorse and guilt leads her on the path of artistic epiphany and lends a new meaning to her life,” Shamila said in an interview.
In both the films Shilpa Tripathi, Miss India Universe runner up, plays the central roles. “On the Verge is about Marie, a girl who sneaks out of her house without her mother’s consent on a holiday with her boyfriend, who betrays her,” said Shamika.
“The cameraman is from Spain. People fall in love with the Taj and the romantic story that goes with it, but little concern is felt for those ‘small men’ who do a whole lot of things to keep tourism going. The tonga (carriage) driver epitomises those feelings of agony and disappointment in a drudgery-ridden life of an aam admi (common man).” – CINEWS