India, a country in love with the cinema, is appreciating this art in all forms and at all places. No longer are we restricted to only consider movies which are screened at the theatres, with short films, the base has now extended to our very own smartphones and laptops.
The Digital Space which has grown at an exponential rate in the recent times makes the Internet our new go-to destination for refreshing content.
These tiny little gems weave thoughtful and engaging stories in a distinctly short time and the fraction of a budget, the best part about them is that they can be viewed and appreciated without devoting hours of your time.
Many budding filmmakers are choosing to take this less traversed route, for it is a challenge for them to come and test their talent and skill before moving on to the bigger picture.
Coming from the director, Sujoy Ghosh of Kahaani fame, you know what to expect from it. It’s a modern take along with nuances of a thriller on the mythological story of Ramayana. The 14-minute long film leaves its audience in absolute admiration and filled with awe. Starring Radhika Apte, Tota Roy Chowdhury and veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee who do full justice to their respective roles.
After winning applauds for the raw detailing in Masaan, Neeraj Ghaywan is back with another powerful short film. Titled Juice, the film has veterans Shefali Shah and Manish Choudhary in key roles. It offers an insight into what every middle-class Indian home is like at some point or the other. In Juice, Shefali Shah emotes primarily through her expressions, her words too do not go unheard. Shah anchors the film on her own back, is a tribute to all several underrated and unsung actors of this calibre.
Produced and written by Tisca Chopra, Chutney sees her slip into the shoes of the lead as well. It starts off as the simple story of a home-maker, though there is more to this lady than on the surface. Chutney makes for a strangely compelling watch with all the spicy elements of a true ‘Chutney’.
Written and directed by Devashish Makhija starring Nimrat Kaur, Divyendu Sharma and Viba Chibber, El’ayichi by Terribly Tiny Talkies, is a story about a lonely happily married couple living together separately. Critics’ favourite Nimrat Kaur, is a treat to the eyes.
The humorous rapture of the film makes the movie an effortless watch and the ending will surely give you goosebumps.
5. Nayantara’s Necklace
Jaydeep Sarkar’s “Nayantara’s Necklace” sketches the rather monotonous frame of life, through this story of the middle-class and their ambitions. An accidental friendship between two of the unlikeliest characters, and what follows in their relationship, leaves you wondering about life. Konkona Sen Sharma and Tilottama Shome as Nayantara and Alka are the soul of the film with their strong characterization.
In Neeraj Pandey’s short film Ouch, Bajpayee, plays a middle-aged man caught between the domestic pull of his family life and the lure of the forbidden. It is a dark comedy ,one of its kind which turns the tables on the man-woman equation.
7. That Day After Everyday
Directed by renowned filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, this short film deals with the issue of eve-teasing and molestation in India.
The film revolves around three women who overcome their fears when caught up in an unlikely situation, each in their own way. Yet again we see Radhika Apte in a role defying all odds. Sandhya Mridul and Geetanjali Thapa and give her good company.