The film directed by debutante Pakhi Tyrewala premiered worldwide at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2017

Pakhi Tyrewala’s directorial debut short film ‘Kajal’ which has been creating a buzz for its hard hitting subject on the issues faced by women increasingly in our society, and for actress Salony Luthra’s brilliant performance premiered worldwide at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2017.


Kajal – Official Poster

Being one of the most prestigious international film festivals, ‘Kajal’ was sent as an entry in the short film category to the NYIFF.

Salony Luthra who has earned accolades & won a best actress award for her outstanding performance in Tamil film ‘Sarabham’ has established her foothold in the short film space with challenging roles by giving a top notch performance with every film that she does. Her previous work which included Tamil short film ‘Oliyum Oliyum’, had her portray the role of a visually handicapped person who turns her disability into an asset. The film went on to be premiered & lauded at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival.

Says Salony Luthra, “I believe I’m blessed and lucky to be a part of projects which are socially relevant & message oriented. The popularity of short films stems from the fact that a strong message can be conveyed in a shorter time. Short films today have a wider reach since the viewership among audiences involved is higher. Many directors in Bollywood & internationally too are venturing into the short film space. And by sending such films to be premiered at festivals, they get a recognition which would eventually help the film reach a wider set of audience worldwide.”

On asking director Pakhi Tyrewala about Salony’s noteworthy performance in the film, she asserts, “Her strong acting credentials and versatility find its roots from theatre & from the fact that she’s been devoted to her craft. She always believes in pushing herself with every character that she plays without looking at the end result of a film.”

​Kajal was premiered at NYIFF 2017 as part of the Shorts D package entitled “Life, Death & Tragedies”.