Khula Aasman

(An Open Sky)

Fiction film • 14 minutes • India
Written, Directed, Produced by Surbhi Dewan
Presented by Painted Tree Pictures

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about the film

A young woman living in isolation during the pandemic is surrounded by fears, both present and past.

Will she make it through?

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Do you think a person can stay fine all alone?


The idea for this film came about just after the country-wide lockdown was imposed in late-March 2020. My intention was to create a found-footage style experience since we were working with limited resources and restricted movement – one actor, one camera, one location, and a virtual crew.

Regarding the story, I was inspired by the uniqueness of the situation and how deeply it was affecting all of us. I wanted to use the pandemic as a setting and trigger for the character and yet have themes that would transcend space and time. I was also keen on ending the story on a hopeful note.

I was fortunate to have my protagonist and creative producer, Samridhi Dewan, working closely with me through the process. In addition to a great performance on screen, she has filmed about 90% of the film by herself.

Festival Selections


Samridhi Dewan as Jeevika
Girish Sharma as Sambhav

James Scott Edwards as Father

Additional voices:
Puneet Bhatia, Anubha Bhutani

Writer, Director, Editor
Surbhi Dewan

Mithun Gomes & Surbhi Dewan

Creative Producer
Samridhi Dewan

Samridhi Dewan

Sound Mix
Suvrat Prasad

Special Thanks
Rosheena Zehra

Canada Shorts - Canadian & International Short Film Festival
(World Premiere) (Award of Merit)

Cineaste International Film Festival (Jury Mention)

Europe Asia Festival of Cinema (Europe Asia Silver Award)

Belgaum International Short Film Festival

Arunachal Film Festival

Jaipur International Film Festival

14th SiGNS Festival

IFFSA Toronto

Siliguri Short & Documentary Film Festival
(Best Script Award, Special Jury Mention Award)

Chicago South Asian Film Festival

4th South Asian Short Film Festival

Cinemaking International Film Festival (Dhaka)


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