Short film Dr. Pashupal directed by Jithin Mohan won big at the 10th season of India Film Project (IFP), touted as Asia's largest content festival. The film was announced as the winner of the title Platinum Movie of the Year in the amateur category of the Mumbai-based festival.
The short film, made in a duration of 50 hours, has been backed by Moopan Films. The comedy short film revolves around a doctor who moves into a new place, but gets bothered when no one consults him. He along with his assistant find new ways to attract people's attention, to later become one of the renowned doctors of the area.
Dr. Pashupal is written by Sivaprasad Kashimankulam and stars Sanil Satyadev, Sujesh Meppayil, Abhilash Mani, Adarsh Marakkadan and Gautham Pradeep. The camera for the film has been cranked by Vishnu Raveendran, while the editing is done by Mithun. The music for the entertainer has been composed by Shafeek Mannarkkad. Vysakh Mithren is the assistant director of the film. Interestingly, the crew members also made it to the Top 10 at IFP 10.
IFP 10 contest was held in three categories - Mobile, Amateur and Professional films - with separate topics allotted to each contender. More than 3,000 films across 322 cities and 18 countries had participated in the competition, wherein Dr. Pashupal grabbed eyeballs with its brilliant content.
In the 50-hour challenge at IFP, participants are required to make a short film with story, screenplay, shooting, dubbing and music within 50 hours.
On a related note, famous Bollywood filmmakers Raj & DK, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and National Film Award-winning director Shubhashish Bhutiani were the Jury at IFP Season 10.