‘Highway Nights’ starring Prakash Jha and Mazel Vyas and directed by Shubham Singh won the 1st runner up prize for the Best Short Film at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards.
‘Highway Nights’ is a heart-warming story that talk talks about women’s abuse. The film is about an aging, overworked lorry driver who gives a lift to a young, chatty sex worker one night and how they develop a bond over a small journey of few hours.
“I’m immensely grateful that the Jury and team at DPIFF liked our film. This has been an extremely emotional journey for me. I am extremely happy that the message from this film will reach to maximum audiences,” said the film’s director Shubham Singh, upon receiving the award.
Prior to this award, ‘Highway Nights’ was awarded the grand jury prize at the Best of India Short Film Festival 2021 where it will have a theatrical release in LA and qualify it for the prestigious 2023 Oscars consideration.
“It is my first short film and to receive such acclaim is heartening. I am thankful to Prakash ji to have agreed to act in our film. It’s a moving story that people all over the world can relate to,” the director-producer added.