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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Gutthi (The Riddle)


Duration: 28 minutes approximately
Language: Hindi
Director: Abhishek Chatterji
Channel: Pocket Films

This short film is of the crime and suspense genre. The suspense in this film builds up very gradually; actually you hardly notice it in the initial stages of the narrative. It is a story of essentially two men, one is a writer (played by Rathna Shaker Reddy) by profession and the other is Khalil (played by Naren Yadav), a sweeper. Khalil looks after the cleanliness of the building, he sweeps and collects garbage, and he also does odd jobs for the residents including arranging for ganja (marijuana) for those who wanted it. There is one more character, a young woman, with whom the writer meets with at a library and gets into a relationship with her. Soon this young lady (played by Choeeta Chakrabarti) mysteriously disappears without a trace. Who was she? Where did she come from? And where did she go? These questions remained unanswered for the writer.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Password




Language: Tamil with English subtitles
Duration: 6 minutes
Channel: Idea Short Films

This film has two main characters – Vinod and Ashok. Vinod is established as a hard working individual and Ashok is a useless fellow who whiles away his time. One day Ashok borrows two thousand rupees from Vinod saying he urgently needs the money, he promises to return the amount the very next day. Ashok blows up the money with his good for nothing friends. Ashok never really intended to return the money. Vinod keeps following up with him but it turns out to be an exercise in futility, finally he hits upon a

Monday, 30 November 2015

Dealing with fear - CORRIDOR


Channel: Pocket Films
Duration: 7 minutes 45 seconds

This film is not really a short story but it narrates an incident. A young man is show driving into a basement parking of a large building, it is not established whether it is a residential building or is it an office building or perhaps it could be a hotel, but that does not matter because the makers have only single-mindedly focused on fear. What fear can do to people is very well demonstrated. Now coming back to our young man, he takes the

Friday, 13 November 2015

Gamble - Short Film in Tamil

Language: Tamil with English subtitles
Duration: 7 minutes approximately

This short film is one of my favourites, it has a twist and a turn. The story is about a businessman named Soundarapandi who started small and later made it big in the real estate business. While he does not mind spending a large amount of money to get a fancy number plate for his new BMW car, he flatly refuses his cook when she asks him for a loan of Rs. 25000 which she badly needs for her daughter’s marriage. Soundarapandi receives an anonymous phone call informing him that there would be a raid at his house by the Income Tax (IT) Department. He calls up the IT commissioner and pleads with him,

Friday, 15 August 2014

Missed Class




The reason I am reviewing this film is not because I appreciate it but because it has won three awards; in fact I did not like it at all when I watched it. The fact that it won awards made me curious and I decided to watch it and also review it.
This is a film made in India and is a story of a father and son. The father is shown to be an idealistic man; this fact is revealed by a book on Mahatma Gandhi which he reads. One day he is shocked to learn that his son has not been attending school. The boy actually pretends to go to school every morning but what he actually does is revealed at the end. The story idea is a bit far-fetched; no boy would sacrifice his own education to do what he is shown to be doing in the film; I cannot elaborate any further because that would be revealing the crucial part of the film. So I would suggest that you see the film and decide for yourself.
One aspect of the film which the makers of the film should have paid attention to is the look. The colours are much too intense or saturated which is really not required because it contributes to nothing. If the colours were a bit toned down it would have been more pleasing to the eyes. The script and editing could have been tighter and the story is pretentious. I noticed a comment by a viewer on YouTube; it said that the poor homeless boy (not the main character) was shown wearing brand new clothes. See the film and decide for yourself if the film deserves the awards it has won. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Shadow – Short Film


This is a student film made in India of the suspense genre. When I first saw it film the film felt typically like an ‘Alfred Hitchcock presents’ kind of a film. It is a story of a simpleminded, unsuspecting young man who receives an anonymous phone call from a man who offers him a large sum of money to do a simple task of following a man with a briefcase. Our young man does not think deeply about the possible dangers his action might lead to, he falls for temptation and agrees to do what the anonymous voice tells him

Thursday, 30 January 2014

THE ELEVATOR - Short Film

This film is a real entertainer and I am sure that most of you must have seen it. It shows how helpless a person can be in certain situations, in this case the main character of the film gets stuck in an elevator with rather undesirable people, this happens twice. The first time he is almost crushed in the elevator full of overweight people, he realizes that the total weight of passengers has exceeded the safe limit and he extricates himself from the rather risky situation with a great deal of effort and takes another elevator. He is now