Red Velvet (Diksha Jyote Routray) India

Red Velvet
Diksha Jyote Routray
India.  2019.  18 min

Shalmali, a writer, is visited by her curious, new neighbour, who insists that she tell her a story of her own.  But is it really a story or a disturbing tale of reality?

Red Velvet is a story that leaves you in conflict- you don’t want to believe that it is real, but all things indicate that it is.
Sayani Gupta plays her character Shalmali Bhalla to perfection. Shalmali is a grey character, who is fed up of her situation, and when push comes to shove, opts to choose the lesser evil. But again, does she, really?  Or is it just a story, a ploy to get rid of the annoying neighbour?  The ambiguousness of the film is its attraction point and Sayani perfectly adapts it.


Dikssha believes that everything begins with a good script…whether it’s a TV Commercial or a feature film. She started her career in advertising as a copywriter and has worked with some reputed advertising agencies in Delhi and Mumbai (Rediffusion, Law & Kenneth, Draft FCB, Everest brand solutions).

Filmography: The Ideal Bride (Short Film, Writer and Director), Red Velvet (Short Film) –Writer and Director, Andhadhun – Creative Producer, Badlapur (DA Sriram Raghavan)




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