30 Award-Winning Short Films in Hindi You Should Watch

We all love to watch Indian short films. One of the best things about Hindi short films is that, in the end, we will get a strong message. Many times, short films make more impact than full-length movies. On top of this, you can watch most of the best Hindi short films on YouTube for free. In this article, we have highlighted the top 30 award-winning short films in Hindi that you can watch and spend some quality time with your loved ones. 

List of Best Hindi Short Films

Have a glance at the undermentioned section as here we have listed the 30 award-winning short films in Hindi of all time. 

  1. Ahalya
  2. Kriti
  3. That Day After Everyday
  4. Taandav
  5. Ouch
  6. Unarranged
  7. Devi
  8. Teaspoon
  9. Chutney
  10. Interior Cafe Night
  11. Anukul
  12. The School Bag
  13. Nayantara’s Necklace
  14. Chhuri
  15. Juice
  16. White Shirt
  17. Gutthi
  18. Carbon
  19. Visa
  20. Mumbai Varanasi Express
  21. Khujli
  22. Tamas
  23. Black Mirror
  24. Bypass
  25. Rastaa
  26. El’ayichi
  27. Afterglow
  28. Ghar Ki Murgi
  29. The Lovers
  30. Holi Ka Dahan

Read on…..

#1. Ahalya (2015)

Rating: 8.0/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller

Runtime: 14 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This is one of the Best Hindi Short films of all time. The short film starts with a police inspector investigating a missing man named Arjun, but takes a ridiculous turn. The movie has it all, crime, suspense which keeps you hooked till the end. 

Directed By: Sujoy Ghosh

Written By: Sujoy Ghosh

Cast: Tota Roy Chowdhury, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ayushman Mitra, Radhika Apte

#2. Kriti (2016)

award winning short films in hindi

Rating: 7.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Runtime: 19 minutes

Available On: YouTube

The short film starts with Sapan who falls in love with a pretty girl named “ Kriti”. But, he is not sure whether it’s love or infatuation. So, he decides to take help from  Dr. Kalpana- a psychiatrist. This is one of the best award-winning short films in Hindi of all time. 

Directed By: Shirish Kunder

Written By: Shirish Kunder

Cast: Shantanu Shrikant Bhake, Radhika Apte, Manu Rishi Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee

#3. That Day After Everyday (2019)

Rating: 7.5/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 19 minutes

Available On: YouTube

The short film shows the story of three women who want to overcome their situation. They face several difficulties to maintain their daily life, but nobody is willing to help them. One day, they decide to deal with the situation by themself. 

Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

Written By: Nitin Bhardwaj

Cast: Pawan Singh, Radhika Apte, Mahesh Balraj, Geetanjali Thapa

#4. Taandav (2016)

Indian short flim Taandav

Rating: 7.3/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Runtime: 12 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Taandav is one of the Best Hindi Short films released in 2016. The story revolves around a frustrated head constable Tamble. His wife smashes doors in his face. Also, his little daughter won’t speak to him. 

Directed By: Devashish Makhija

Written By: Devashish Makhija

Cast: Anvita Dutt, Manoj Bajpayee, Vibhawari Deshpande

#5. Ouch (2016)

Rating: 6.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Runtime: 12 minutes

Available On: YouTube

A married woman and a married man meet in a hotel room and fall in love with each other. They decide to take a divorce their partners. You can freely watch this Hindi short film on YouTube. 

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey

Written By: Neeraj Pandey

Cast: Devender, Manoj Bajpayee, Pooja Chopra

#6. Unarranged (2017)

hindi short flim Unarranged

Rating: 8.0/10 IMDb

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 19 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Two people from different cities have decided to get married. This best Hindi Short film shows that arranged marriage is not as terrifying as we thought it would be. The short film was released in the year 2017 and the runtime of the short film is 19 minutes. 

Directed By: Rahul Bhatnagar

Written By: Rahul Bhatnagar

Cast: Rishabh Tripathi, Syed Shabahat Ali, Apurva Shukla, Bipin Damo

#7. Devi (2020)

Rating: 8.3/10 IMDB

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Runtime: 14 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Devi is the story of nine women who are abused in some way in their life and live under one roof. This Hindi short film shows the tale of sisterhood, truth, and suffering. You can watch the short film on YouTube and the runtime of the film is 14 minutes. 

Directed By: Priyanka Banerjee

Written By: Priyanka Banerjee

Cast: Mukta Barve, Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Shruti Haasan

#8. Teaspoon (2015)

Rating: 7.3/10 IMDb

Genre: Family, Drama

Runtime: 20 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Rajiv, an Insurance agent lives with his wife Kavita and father in an apartment.  Kavita works in a cosmetic company and works from home as she can’t leave her father-in-law alone. Her father-in-law often hangs on to a teaspoon and used to bang on the bedpost to call her. And the most frustrating thing is that he never did the thing when Rajiv was present in the house. Teaspoon is one of the best Hindi short films released in 2015. 

Directed By: Aban Bharucha Deohans

Written By: Aban Bharucha Deohans

Cast: Sree Swara, Bomie E. Dotiwala, Vaquar Shaikh

#9. Chutney (2016)

Rating: 7.8/10 IMDb

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 17 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This award-winning short film in Hindi starts with Tisca Chopra who appears in a creepy role and tells her story in the most hilarious and spine-chilling way. You can watch this short film freely on YouTube. 

Directed By: Jyoti Kapur Das

Written By: Avneesh Mishra, Tisca Chopra, Jyoti Kapur Das

Cast: Sumit Gulati, Aakash Bhardwaj, Rasika Dugal, Tisca Chopra

#10. Interior Cafe Night (2014)

Interior Cafe Night short flim

Rating: 7.7/10 IMDb

Genre: Romance, Drama

Runtime: 13 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This best Hindi short film was directed by Adhiraj Bose and the story is all about reunion, love, and loss. After years of separation,  Naseeruddin Shah and Shernaz Patel meet in a coffee shop in Calcutta and recall their past. 

Directed By: Adhiraj Bose

Written By: Adhiraj Bose, Sainee Raj

Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Shernaz Patel, Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah

#11. Anukul (2017)

Rating: 7.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Runtime: 21 minutes

Available On: YouTube

It’s a science fiction short film where robots are fast replacing Humans in Kolkata. Now the question arises is how Humans will tackle the situation. It’s a 21 minutes short movie full of entertainment. 

Directed By: Sujoy Ghosh

Written By: Sujoy Ghosh, Satyajit Ray

Cast: Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Kharaj Mukherjee, Barun Chanda, Kanchan Mullick

#12. The School Bag (2017)

top Hindi Short film The School Bag

Rating: 8.4/10 IMDb

Genre: Family, Drama

Runtime: 16 minutes

Available On: YouTube

One and only wish of Sartaj RK is to have a new school bag on his birthday. This is an innocent wish and his poor mother puts in all effort to fulfill her son’s wish. The 16-minute story is full of emotional moments and keeps you hooked till the end. 

Directed By: Anshul Agrawal, Dheeraj Jindal

Written By: Anshul Agarwal

Cast: Sartaaj Rk, Rasika Dugal

#13. Nayantara’s Necklace (2014)

Rating: 7.0/10 IMDb

Genre: Romance, Drama

Runtime: 20 minutes

Available On: YouTube

We include “ Nayantara’s Necklace” in the list of best Hindi short films. The story shows the friendship between Alka and her Dubai-returned neighbor Nayantara. Slowly, their friendship grows and Alka wants to be like Nayantara. You can watch the short film freely on YouTube. 

Directed By: Jaydeep Sarkar

Written By: Ankur Khanna, Aparnaa Chaturvedi

Cast: Tillotama Shome, Gulshan Devaiah, Konkona Sen Sharma

#14. Chhuri (2017)

indian short film Chhuri

Rating: 7.1/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Family

Runtime: 12 minutes

Available On: YouTube

In the Chhuri movie, we see Tisca Chopra in a new look. Mansi Jain is the director of the movie. It’s a family-based short movie released in the year 2017. And the run time of the movie is 12 minutes. 

Directed By: Mansi Jain

Written By: Mansi Jain

Cast: Anurag Kashyap, Surveen Chawla, Tisca Chopra

#15. Juice (2017)

Rating: 8.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Runtime: 15 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Mr. Singh and his wife Manju hosted a small get-together in their house. Where the men are talking around the world. On the other hand, Manju and other women are starving in the hot kitchen in order to keep the party going on for the men. The short film shows how a middle-class homemaker puts her all effort to keep everything perfect but doesn’t get her due. 

Directed By: Neeraj Ghaywan

Written By: Neeraj Ghaywan, Suraj Majhi, Ranjan Chandel

Cast: Raviza Chauhan, Shefali Shah, Kanika Dang, Manish Chaudhari

#16. White Shirt (2017)

Best Hindi Short film

Rating: 6.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 18 minutes

Available On: YouTube

The movie shows the love and features of Kritika Kamra and Kunal Kapur. Aveek and Vani face difficulties to maintain their relationship. He and his girlfriend hold a white shirt. All of the actors give their best effort to make this film one of the best Hindi short films in the year 2017. 

Directed By: Sumit Arora

Written By: Sumit Arora

Cast: Vaibhav Raj Gupta, Kunal Kapoor, Kritika Kamra

#17. Gutthi (2014)

Gutthi

Rating: 8.1/10 IMDb

Genre: Mystery, Crime

Runtime: 30 minutes

Available On: YouTube

The movie starts with Anand Rajan- a famous writer who becomes curious about Khalil and then starts spying on him. He becomes so curious that one day he invites Khalil into his house. Soon the lonely writer finds a friend. Both of them share their thoughts and incidents that happened in their lives. It’s a story of a night-long conversation. The movie was released in the year 2014 and was one of the best Hindi short films in the same year. 

Directed By: Abhishek Chatterjee

Written By: Abhishek Chatterjee

Cast: Rathna Shekhar Reddy, Rathna Shekar Reddy, Choeeta Chakrabarti, Payal Halder, Oindrilla Chakraborty 

#18. Carbon (2017)

Rating: 6.5/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Adventure

Runtime: 24 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This 2017 short film revolves around global warming. The movie is set in 2067 and focuses on the environmental issues in Delhi. The movie showcases the shortage of water and oxygen as well as its negative effect on nature for the forthcoming generation. The movie warns us that there will be a scarcity of oxygen and only carbon will prevail.  This is one of the best Hindi short films released in 2017 and you can watch the movie free on YouTube. 

Directed By: Ramiz Ilham Khan, Maitrey Bajpai 

Written By: Ramiz Ilham Khan, Maitrey Bajpai

Cast: Yashpal Sharma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jackky Bhagnani, Prachi Desai

#19. Visa (2017)

Visa

Rating: 7.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 15 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This Hindi short film shows the story of a young family who is desperate to return to their country. But at the embassy, their Visa interview was closed. The parents were desperate to escape their country so that their daughter could lead a better life. The movie was released in the year 2017 and the runtime of the movie is 15 minutes.

Directed By: Manish Rahatkar

Written By: Manish Rahatkar

Cast: Shweta Basu Prasad, Ishaan Anuradha Khanna

#20. Mumbai Varanasi Express (2016)

Rating: 7.8/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama 

Runtime: 32 minutes

Available On: YouTube

After playing the chess game, the king and the pawn decided to go back together into the box. On the other hand, the founder of the 15 hundred crore empire, decided to walk away into oblivion as well as stay instead of existing. This 32 minutes story shows the journey beyond life and death. You can watch this one of the best Hindi short films on YouTube. 

Directed By: Aarti Chhabria

Written By: Aarti Chhabria, Vipul K. Pawal

Cast: Vivek Singh, Darshan Jariwala, Vipul Rawal, Shekhar Shukla

#21. Khujli (2017)

best hindi short flim Khujli

Rating: 6.7/10 IMDb

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 15 minutes

Available On: YouTube

A  bed is rhythmically shaking in a room as well as a man moaning. Later it was discovered that Roopmati was scratching Girdharilal’s back with a churning stick to relieve itch. Their son asks them to leave the room and be quiet. Besides, Roopmati ignites the gas stove in the kitchen as her grandmother is walking towards the washroom behind her. However, the twist began when Girdharilal discovered a pair of pink handcuffs in his son’s bedroom. We recommend you watch this Hindi short film at least once. 

Directed By: Sonam Nair

Written By: Sonam Nair

Cast: Jackie Shroff, Archak Chhabra, Rani Patwar, Neena Gupta

#22. Tamas (2013)

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 10 minutes

Available On: YouTube

We make many comments when a girl has been raped. But do we really understand what’s going on in the girl’s mind? Do we really think about the girl’s condition? Tamas movie explores the difficulties a girl faced after she was raped. The movie was released in the year 2013 and was one of the best Hindi short films in the same year. 

Directed By: Kaushik Iyer, Devesh Kamat

Written By: Devesh Kamat

Cast: Aditya Parab, Padmavati Iyengar, Farhaan,  Vishwaraj Khona, Ambalika Sapra

#23. Black Mirror (2013)

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 5 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This Hindi short film revolves around an orphaned boy who found himself wandering the Mumbai streets due to hangers. The film shows the dark side of the city through Ranu’s eyes. The movie was released in the year 2013 and the runtime of the short film is 5 minutes. 

Cast: Sahil Resale

#24. Bypass (2003)

Rating: 7.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Crime

Runtime: 17 minutes

Available On: YouTube

The movie starts with two friends who lived in the Bypass. The two friends killed all the people traveling by Bypass. On the other hand, Irrfan Khan- the corrupted police officer cut the wrist of a dead man. Then he rapes a lady as well as tries to kill the two muggers for the money they had. The story is all about aggression and violence. 

Directed By: Amit Kumar

Written By: Amit Kumar

Cast: Manorama Goswami, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,  Kasthuri, Irrfan Khan

#25. Rastaa

short flim Rastaa

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 4 minutes

Available On: YouTube

The movie is set in Mumbai and the story revolves around two beggars and their daily life in the traffic signal. The movie was one of the best Hindi short films of all time. 

#26. El’ayichi (2015)

Rating: 6.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 5 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This Hindi short film starts with a clingy husband haunting his irritated wife with the fossilized dodo for company. The movie was released in the year 2015 and was one of the most searched short films in the same year. 

Directed By: Devashish Makhija

Written By: Devashish Makhija

Cast: Divyendu Sharma, Vibha Chhibber,  Nimrat Kaur

#27. Afterglow (2012)

Afterglow

Rating: 7.7/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Runtime: 20 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Today’s the 10th day after Minocher Mizra’s death. His widow Meher is trying to come to words with her personal sadness. On the other hand, their relatives often visit and offer fake sympathy. This is one of the best Hindi short films released in 2012 and the duration of the movie is 20 minutes. 

Directed By: Kaushal Oza

Written By: Kaushal Oza

Cast: Anahita Oberoi, Sohrab Ardeshir, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

#28. Ghar Ki Murgi (2020)

Rating: 8.1/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary, Family

Runtime: 18 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Seema is a housewife whose day starts by making her children ready for school. She also prepares lunches for her husband as well as takes care of her in-laws. In her free time, she went to the beauty parlor. One day Seema realizes nobody thinks about her. She decided to go for a trip to Goa and wanted to see who would take care of her house in her absence.

Directed By: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Written By: Nitesh Tiwari

Cast: Anurag Arora,  Sakshi Tanwar, Kabir Khanna, Mahi Burman, Anuradha Kalia, Sanjiv Chopra

#29. The Lovers (2020)

The Lovers

Rating: 7.4/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Crime

Runtime: 21 minutes

Available On: YouTube

Anirudh’s wife filed a case against him under act 498A. This incident changes his life. The story unfolds how the lack of communication between children and parents ruined many lives in marriage. We suggest you watch this Hindi short film. 

Directed By: Preeti Singh

Written By: Preeti Singh

Cast: Shweta Basu Prasad, Satish Chaand, Sarang Patwarddan, Anuraag Malhan, Malti Chahar

30. Holi Ka Dahan

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 20 minutes

Available On: YouTube

This Hindi short film revolves around the festival of colors, Holi. The movie starts with Anuritta Jha who finds freedom from her toxic relationship and becomes happy with the festival of Holi.  

Cast: Anuritta Jha

 

Conclusion…

Let’s admit it; we all love to watch Hindi short films. Hindi short films consist of good content and entertain viewers within a short time frame. In this article, we have prepared a list of the 30 best Hindi short films that you can watch with your friends and family members.

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