[I]t doesn’t happen too often that you can walk up to a theatre, buy a ticket and watch short films. “SHORTS” presents one of such rare opportunities to watch short films the way films should be watched!
The films which make “SHORTS” were meant to be short films and just that. And that’s why each of these films have a distinct voice of their own. Don’t look for thematic continuity or similarity in style. The five films are highly individualistic, divergent and that’s what makes for an engaging viewing. The curator of the package should also be congratulated for presenting such an eclectic mix of some of the recent short films from India.
Sujata by Shlok Sharma
Shlok truly dazzles with his command over the medium. He plays around with time like a master and his camera reveals only as much as is necessary to tell an impactful story.
The film amazingly builds up the character of Sujata whose childhood was robbed of innocence by her cousin. A victim of sexual abuse, she now has a chance to redeem herself. Will she take an extreme step to reclaim her life or give in?
Credit also goes to the writer Annie Zaidi whose screenplay beautifully weaves Sujata’s past into the present. Huma Qureshi brings “Sujata” to life on screen with rare conviction.
The Epilogue by Siddharth Gupt
The Epilogue is a cinephile’s delight. A film where story becomes secondary and storytelling takes the cake! Watch this film for dazzling cinematography and sound design which come together to take you into the mind of the protagonist trapped in an obsessive love affair.
A filmbuff is sure to enjoy this film more than others and come out with a list of inspirations for the film. Also, keep an eye for inter-textual references to some great directors.
Audacity by Anirban Roy
Anirban has a quirky sense of humour! He blends that with a remarkable eye for observation to create a suspense comic drama “Audacity”. In this short film, he captures the interconnected lives in the old metropolis of Kolkata in a way that’s tickling and charming. The premise of this film is the conflict of generations or probably the changing cultural landscape of the city but Anirban uses the idea to weave a whole world around it that truly (and literally) opens a new door to the generation gap question!
Mehfuz by Rohit Pandey
What happens when a poor cremator of unclaimed bodies falls in love? Nawazuddin Siddiqui could have easily grabbed several awards for his performance, had Mehfuz been a feature-length film. Rohit Pandey’s Mehfuz is a dark and poignant tale. He has given his film a distinct visual quality that sets up the mood of the film beautifully.
Shor by Neeraj Ghaywan
In the cacophony of harsh city life, love and trust are often the first causalities. Ghaywan’s Shor explores the lives of a couple who struggle to survive in Mumbai and remain in love. The film, which begins with restraint, explodes with tension in the climactic phone conversation of the couple where their lives and relationship are at stake. Beautifully portrayed by Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and Vineet Singh, the stress of city life resonates throughout the film distracted only by a typically loudmouth mother-in-law played by Amardeep Jha.
The beauty of SHORTS lies in the diversity. Each of the five films is a precious little gem. Do watch SHORTS and don’t forget to note down the names of these five young directors who will surely dazzle you even more when they come back with their features!