With the growing influence of the Internet, short films are increasingly attracting more viewers and have become a popular medium for story-tellers. Such films are made with the urge to tell an engaging story and it is possible to do so in less than half the time and with a fraction budget. Short films are also a field for budding filmmakers and enthusiasts to come and play with their talent and skills before moving on to the big league.

We have rummaged through the files and bring to you a list of short films that you must not miss. 

1. Bypass 

Directed by Amit Kumar and set in the arid region of Rajasthan, Bypass stars Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in leading roles. This short uses no subtitles or dialogue, instead it solely relies on the performances by acclaimed actors and is rich in cinematography. Directed by Amit Kumar, it was made in 2003 when actors like Irrfan and Nawazuddin were struggling to make a mark in the industry. 

2. Rastaa 

Rastaa is the story of two boys, both beggars on the streets of Mumbai directed by Digvijay Chauhan. The film narrates the incident of a day in the life of these boys at a traffic signal, where they both struggle for survival. Shot in Canon 550 D, the film was screened at MAMI 2011.

3. That Day After Everyday 

Made under Large Short Films by Anurag Kashyap and starring actress Radhika Apte in the lead role, this short focuses on the issue of eve teasing and molestation. Anurag Kashyap whose flair lies in narrating gritty realities of the modern world, provides the viewer with lots of grey characters. Written by Nitin Bharadwaj, the film keeps you glued till the end. 

4. Black Mirror 

Directed by Adi Burman this short tells the story of an orphaned boy, Ranu, who lost his parents in a bomb blast. Driven by hunger, he roams around in the streets of Mumbai and the story leads us to the dark side of the metro city through his perspective.