The Long And Short of Short Films
Sumita Chakraborty pinpoints 10 outstanding short films produced by the film frat.
Bollywood is known for its potboilers. Films that easily cross two-and-a half hours replete with a lot of commercial masala and fun. They include songs ‘n’ dances, and loads of drama. But besides these commercial films, more and more people are taking a liking to some amazing short films being produced. These short films have a wonderful social message and have impact, are powerful and are extremely watchable. Let’s pick some of the most amazing short films being showcased today.
Interior Café Night: This film is definitely a must watch. Starring the multi-talented Naseeruddin Shah and directed by Adhiraj Bose, it is a 13-minute film which explores two stories which happen within an internet café in Kolkata one evening. It talks about a second chance at love and the storyline is the surprise packet. Though it was released in 2014, it is still extremely watchable. Besides the stellar performance of stalwart actor Naseeruddin Shah, there’s also the amazingly talented Shernaz Patel and understated Shweta Prasad. It was raved about at the film festivals and if by chance you do want to watch a very well made short film with great performances, this is the one you must watch.
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Mama’s Boys: Written by the very talented Akshat Verma of Delhi Belly fame, Mama’s Boys is another extremely funny take off on the Mahabharta. And this time the Pandavas and Kauravas have zipped to 2016. The cast is extremely original too. While Aditi Rao Hydari plays Draupadi, Neena Gupta is Kunti, Arunoday Singh is Bheem and the rest of the cast are also as refreshing as them. It’s about 16 minutes and this Punjabi 2016 Mahabharat is ‘roll down the chair’ funny.
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Ouch: It just takes 14 minutes to deliver a highly impactful message. Indeed, Ouch is a film – directed by the very talented Neeraj Pandey – that traces the emotional upheavals in the life of a middle aged man. The choices he wants to make versus the choices he has to make is the message behind this impactful film. Manoj Bajpayee talks a lot about this film in his current interviews and rightfully so, his performance in this film is stellar. This short film is another must watch film.
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Khujli: If you’re a fan of the book Fifty Shades Of Grey, you’ll enjoy this one. Neena Gupta is the main protagonist and she essays the role with the aplomb of a stalwart. Jackie Shroff too is the other protagonist who is also amazing in the short film. The film revolves around the storyline of how a father finds a pair of handcuffs in his son’s home. And what follows is an intriguing series of happenings. Neena Gupta and Jackie Shroff revel in their roles and the film works because of them.
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Raakh: This is another gripping film that keeps you hooked till the end. Directed by Milap Zaveri, it stars Shaad Randhawa, Vir Dar and Richa Chadha, this film is intense and sharply veers to the dark sides. It is a revenge drama but very different from the other films of the same genre.
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Taandav: We can’t stay away from the super talented Manoj Bajpayee. So to end this stellar list of films, we spotlight this film of Manoj where he essays the role of a head constable. Amazing performance, this short film is extremely impactful.