The Song We Sang (2020)

The quiet city of Ahmedabad comes alive during the nine nights of Navratri- a dance festival celebrated across India. Krishna, an economist questioning certain choices she’s made in her life, meets Alia, a friend’s cousin from Delhi. A plate of sweet-s... read more

Completed On: 03 Jun, 2020

Duration: 19 min 40 sec

Genres: Short

Country: India

Director: Aarti Neharsh

Submitted By: MANASHREE JANI

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The quiet city of Ahmedabad comes alive during the nine
nights of Navratri- a dance festival celebrated across India.
Krishna, an economist questioning certain choices she’s
made in her life, meets Alia, a friend’s cousin from Delhi. A
plate of sweet-spicy golgappas and a song leads to more
and the two women decide to ditch the loud Navratri event
and walk the city, carrying conversations about love, home,
religion, fears, falling for each other as the night grows.
However, every choice made is another choice forgone,
leading to a different reality- a reality where this night
might not have happened.
  • Directors
    Aarti Neharsh
  • Producers
    Rahul Tejwani
  • Producers
    Chintan Bhatt
  • Producers
    Manan Bhatt
  • Writers
    Aarti Neharsh
  • Writers
    Chintan Bhatt
  • Executive Producer & Casting
    MANASHREE JANI
  • Film Type
    Short
  • Genres
    Romance
  • Runtime
    19 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date
    03 Jun, 2020
  • Production Budget
    7000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    English-Hindi
  • Shooting Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Director's Biography

Aarti is a graduate from Pune, holding a major in
Film & Television. After working for almost three
years now with Green Chutney Films as a Director
and Writer of Ad films, she tells a story close to
home

Director's Statement

THE SONG WE SANG was conceptualised a year ago as a
five-minute sketch between two strangers who meet one
night and fall in love. The idea was as simple as it could get
and as my first film, I knew this was the story I wanted to
tell- an honest attempt at bringing the energy between two
women on screen.
It had to be a story about two women. The thought of two
women in their ghagras freely roaming the city, sharing a
safe space without a patriarchal gaze and falling in love
was a thought that instinctively came to me. The attempt
was to normalise the relationship and just let the two
characters breathe. Even while writing the film, my cowriter- Chintan and I were conscious of writing every
conversation with this thought and nuance, making sure
the heart of the film remains in the magic between Alia and
Krishna.
Stories formed an essential element throughout the film.
Ever since a child, I have grown up in a home where stories
of all sorts- from mythical to classic fiction to biographicalwere given much importance. My mornings used to start
with my grandfather taking me to a garden and telling me
these stories. I remember being amused at this power of
being transported to worlds so different, yet feeling so
close to them and this I thought was a great way of getting
two people together.
Growing up in the city of Ahmedabad myself, I’ve always
found Navaratri the one time when this otherwise
conservative and rigid city loosens up and comes to life. I
remember looking forward to it as a teenager because
those nine nights of the year would feel like the most
liberating and happy nights. It is this liberation and warmth
that one feels on such a night that I wanted to bring on the
screen between these two women who happen to cross
paths while seeking something common in their otherwise
diverging journeys.

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