What it takes to face their own fears and the dark truths that lie buried beneath the surface.

Project type: Fiction Short
Project status: Post Production
Writer/Director: Triparna Banerjee
Producer: Aishwarya Sonar
Director of Photography: Gaurav Kulkarni
Production Designer: Prabhakaran
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A strange yearning afflicts a reclusive young nurse, dealing with abuse and trauma, only known to her sister who has Down’s syndrome.


Two reclusive sisters live in their family house – Mony is 25, she has Down’s syndrome. Dolly is 28, a nurse at the local hospital, a medical school dropout, she couldn’t complete her education after her mother’s suicide. She had to come back to take care of Mony.
Their seemingly mundane life has more to it. Dolly’s trauma causes her to take extreme steps for safety and survival, and Mony has become the keeper of the family secrets.

Nails delves into the dark side of human nature, exploring themes of violence, abuse, and the insidious practice of sweeping such matters under the rug and labelling them as “private.” The film is set in the fictitious town of Bellpur in the 90s, in Eastern India as the chill of winter settles in.

Meet the Filmmakers

Triparna Banerjee – Writer/Director
Triparna Banerjee is a scriptwriter and independent filmmaker. Triparna’s foray into professional screenwriting began as a scriptwriter for the renowned children’s television series, Sesame Street in India Galli Galli Sim Sim. She then made her mark as an Associate Producer for the critically acclaimed feature film Frozen (2009), which premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and garnered international recognition with over 30 festival selections and 18 awards, including 2 National Awards in India. As a scriptwriter Triparna has worked with independent filmmakers as well as established production houses and networks such as Miditech, Hotstar, Citoc Motion Pictures – CinePlay, Zee5, SVF Entertainment, and Baweja Studios. Her work has been acknowledged with selections at renowned film events, including L’atelier Cinéfondation at Cannes Film Festival 2012, HAF at Hong Kong Film Festival 2015, and Film Independent’s Global Media Makers LA residency Program 2019. Her most recent work as Writer & Impact producer is the documentary From the Shadows, which has recently been awarded with the prestigious Hatched grant by Chicken & Egg Pictures for its Impact. As a scriptwriter Triparna is currently working on a feature film The Bicycle Girl now in pre-production, which was selected for HAF at HongKong Film market and also developing her feature directorial debut, Riding on the Moon Boat, selected for Asian Project Market Busan International Film Festival.

Aishwarya Sonar – Producer
Aishwarya Sonar is a producer working at the intersection of US projects focused on identity and humanity. A UCLA film graduate, Sonar has worked with Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures on two features. She has produced over 15 shorts, which have played at festivals worldwide including Three’s Definitely a Crowd, The Night Before, Sulochana, Through Her Glasses available on disney+/hotstar. Features co-produced by Sonar, Chitrakut and Normal are now available on Jio and Tubi respectively. Her most recent short, Happy Rakhi, with CAPE and Janet Yang’s prod-co premiered at the Palm Springs ShortFest. Her next, Hema, starring Rajshri Deshpande and Second-Skin starring Joel Kinnaman and Kelly Gale are currently in post-production. Sonar was also selected at Film London’s Production Finance Market and Film Bazaar’s Co- Production Market in 2022 with feature, Still Here. With 8 years of experience, Sonar currently has a slate of TV and Film projects under her prod co, Lambe Log Productions.

Anjali Patil – Actress/Co-Producer
Anjali Patil is an Indian actress who works in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Tamil film productions. She has received several awards including a National Film Award and a Filmfare Marathi Award. She received the IFFI Best Actor Award (Female) Silver Peacock Award at the 43rd International Film Festival of India for her role in the Sri Lankan film With You, Without You. She has earned rave reviews for her work in Delhi in a Day, Chakravyuh, Newton (India’s official entry to the Oscars) and Sri Lankan film With You, Without You In 2013, she starred in the Telugu film Naa Bangaaru Talli for which she received the National Film Award – Special Mention, and the state Nandi Award for Best Actress. She won Best Female Debut for her Marathi film The Silence.

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