Rajat Agrawal, is a 23 year young film maker. His internationally acclaimed short film Khilauna releases online tomorrow, 14th November 2017, to celebrate Children’s Day.
Khilauna is also the only film from India that was selected for screening in the ‘Young Filmmaker Showcase category ( 18 – 25 years)’ at the ‘Urban World Film Festival’- An Oscar qualifying film festival, for the “Best Short Film” category for the 90th Oscar Awards scheduled on March 4th 2018.
Here’s a glimpse at Khilauna. In this film these khilaunas (toys) allow Raju (the protagonist) to build an imaginary world, which is far away from his poverty ridden childhood, The Toys here becomes the core essence of his life. However, the film shows that how these very toys though brings solace to Raju, it also creates a cause of a series of contradicting emotions between him and his poor mother, Sarita.
The story revolves around the relationship of the mother and son with each other and their individual relationship with these toys. The film also shows the perception that the rich and the poor children have towards their toys.
With the confidence gained after his first solo short film, Rajat Agrawal has now made an attempt at taking his storytelling to the next level with a more dynamic short film, titled ‘Khilauna’.