Kids Read Sexist Comments

Directorial Debut: Kids Read Sexist Comments #DontGrowUp #BigShorts #IndiaToday #YFilms

As the Head of Development of Y-Films, the youth wing of Yash Raj Films, my core job is developing films, web series and TVCs and then creative producing them and releasing them too. It’s an end-to-end job from idea to development to production to promotion and release.

I have creative produced four webseries for Y-Films so far: Man’s World, Bang Baaja Baaraat, Ladies Room and Sex Chat with Pappu and Papa. I’ve also creative produced the inception and music videos of India’s first transgender band, The 6-Pack Band and creative executive produced the film, Bank Chor, on which I did the marketing.

Recently, I directed a short film for India Today produced by Y-Films on a subject close to my hearts: Don’t Label. Check it out below 🙂


Y-Films, the team that loves pushing big boundaries, be it for the cause of gender equality (Man’s World), transgender equality (the Cannes’ Lion Grand Prix winner 6-Pack Band), feminism (Ladies Room), sex education (Sex Chat with Pappu and Papa), or, umm, weddings (Bang Baaja Baaraat), makes a li’l film that’ll pull your heartstrings.

What happens when kids are asked their views on sexist things adults say? In an adult world, where labels matter more than people; that judges and discriminates on the basis of gender.. can kids save the day?

The short film, produced by Y-Films for India Today, was launched at the recent India Today Women’s Summit under the #BigShorts umbrella. It is part of a series of commissioned ‘big short’ videos with some of the best filmmakers of the country including Imtiaz Ali, Meghna Gulzar, Hansal Mehta, Rohan Sippy and Pradeep Sarkar last year besides Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ram Madhvani, Nandita Das and Sudhir Mishra this year.

Directed by: Nikhil Taneja
Produced by: Ashish Patil
DOP: Sakshi Gurnani
Creative Exec. Producer: Raunaq Bajaj
Executive Producer: Mohit Kilam
Music & Sound: Kingshuk Chakravarty
Line Production: Taxi Films
Editor: Dorin Mehta
Post Production Supervisor: Kashish Arora
GFX: Pankaj Parmar
Assistant Director: Iresh Gupta

Featuring the awesome (in order of appearance): Vivaan Lahiri, Joanne Chang, Mandhir Singh Machre, Saashi Kumar, Khyati Pareek, Sharvil Deshmukh, Sonam Shakya, Kabir Sajid Shaikh, Soham Jadhav, Mishti Khona, Aashi Yadav, Avinash Balakrishnan, Sharvari Kashid, Satveek Das, Tirth Joisher, Prithviraj Sarnaik, Khush Rathod, Aryan Dasar, Jasleen Singh, Charvi Shah, Geet Jain, Harsh Maru, Vionee Shah and Jinay Shah.

Hi-fives to: The Wonderful Parents, Shanoo Sharma, The Salaam Bombay Foundation, Shirin Shaikh, Mehuli Lahiri and Ambika Singh.


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