If 2020 has taught us anything it is the importance of kindness in a world reeling from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of it all, hitting home the point of compassion comes the impactful trailer of Shameless, an upcoming fast-paced dark comedy thriller packed in 15 minutes. Its tight plot touches upon the fact that people are losing human connection and becoming rude and isolated due to social media and technology.
Shameless is eligible for the 93rd Oscar Consideration in the “live action short film” category at the 2021 Academy Awards. Shameless is about human behaviour and the loss of human spirit caused due to our dependency on technology. A work-from-home guy is trapped by an apologetic delivery girl, raising questions on the issues of entitlement, humanity and empathy towards the migrant class.
Before being eligible for Oscar consideration, Shameless was a finalist at the recently concluded 3rd edition of the Best of India Short Film Festival 2020 and also it premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival. Hussian Dalal won Best Actor at the Filmfare Short Film Awards (2019).
Check out the Shameless trailer which garnered a humungous milestone of Half a Million plus views across platforms within just 24 hours
The Shameless trailer was loved not only by the audience but also by the biggies of the industry. We saw some of the most prominent names from the industry spread the word about the importance of kindness through this trailer. Stars such as Hrithik Roshan, Ram Charan, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu, Rajkummar Rao, Farhan Akhtar, Ananya Panday and R Madhavan praised the team of Shameless, celebrities like Neena Gupta, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ali Fazal, Aditya Seal, Sanjay Kapoor, Anushka Ranjan, Shweta Tripathi, Jaideep Ahlawat, Maniesh Paul, Karan Tacker, Sharad Kelkar, Rajeev Masand, Shamita Shetty, Neelam Kothari Soni, Rannvijay Singha, Amyra Dastur, Aamir Ali, Vikram Phadnis, Apoorva Lakhia and many others took to their social media to applaud the trailer.
Just a few days back, Priyanka Chopra Jonas extended her support to the film and its makers through her Instagram post. Chopra Jonas and her home banner, Purple Pebble Pictures gave a shout-out to the short over social media. The caption of the production house reads, “We love all of the amazing Indian filmmakers in the mix for the Academy Awards shorts category! Wishing everyone the best of luck! Excited to see more content from emerging Indian filmmakers take the global front.” Founder of the production house, Chopra-Jonas uploaded the poster of Shameless to her Instagram story urging people to support short films actively contesting for the Oscars. She wrote, “Check out these movie guys!! Let’s get these amazing filmmaker’s traction!”
The entire team says, “The overall presentation is a dark comedy – both visually and thematically – but there is an underlying message of kindness, hope, humanity and decency. The entire team is thrilled about bringing Shameless to viewers all over the world very soon.”
Writer-Director Keith Gomes says, “I am very excited that the trailer of Shameless is out now. With all the hate and anger that is going around, the world needs kindness and my films are a reminder that being kind is actually easy. I hope Shameless makes an impact in that respect.”
Presenter Shabinaa Khan adds, “The trailer of Shameless truly captures our indifference towards the disadvantaged. The short displays the sense of entitlement that well-off youth in India carry with them. The working class are considered inferior and often abused just for doing their job.”
Actors Sayani Gupta and Hussain Dalal jointly commented, “We have been waiting for the trailer to drop and now that it’s out, we’re excited to know how it will be received. Shameless is our attempt to normalise kindness in our ordinary lives. The idea is to recognise the hardships of people who don’t have it easy. We’re hoping that viewers pause, register, and think about how compassion can be a routine.”
Shameless stars Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal and Rishabh Kapoor. It is directed by Keith Gomes, presented by Shabinaa Khan whose credits as a producer, include Bollywood hits, Rowdy Rathore, Gabbar and Laxmii, it is produced by Ashley Gomes, Keith Gomes, and National Award-winner Sandeep Kamal, Co-Produced by Girish ‘Bobby’ Talwar, with production design by Suresh Selvarajan and with sound by Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire).