Difficult People 

directed by Sohil Vaidya

Narrative Short | 2018 | USA | 19 min Hindi with English subtitles

Akash, an aspiring graffiti artist lives with his father, Sudhakar in an old building in Mumbai. Akash’s mother has recently demised. Apart from the demise of the most beloved person, Akash and his father Sudhakar has one more thing in common, stubbornness! While standing against his father's conventional approach, Akash struggles to find his creative expression in the vast liberating spaces of the Mumbai.

Sohil is a winner of Directors Guild of America(D.G.A) Student Award, 2018 for his thesis film 'Difficult People'. His previous films have been shown at festivals such as LA Shorts, New Filmmakers Los Angeles, Hong Kong Art House Film Festival, International Film Festival Kerala and have won Best Student Film Award at DTLA Film Festival. Sohil recently graduated from University of Southern California(U.S.C) Film School with M.F.A in Film Directing.

​Financing his education at USC was only possible for him with the help of numerous scholarships such as James Bridges Directing Scholarship and Edward Thomas Troutner Cinematography Scholarship. Sohil recently finished directing a feature film named 'Samir', a contemporary adaptation of count of Monte Cristo with seven other directors. He is currently developing a feature film which deals with issues such as the volatile nature of social media and existential crisis caused by it. 

​Cinema of Satyajit Ray, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, and Alfonso Cuaron inspires him. Sohil wants to bridge the gap between east and west with thought-provoking, visually compelling and universally relatable stories which unite all of us as humans in the end.

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