When it comes to films, the intelligent audience is looking for better alternatives and the genre of short films are catering to the diverse interest of viewers. Today, it is not always possible to watch lengthy films; short films are intense, trigger our interest and because everything happens within a short span, they can effortlessly retain our interest. Here our top 5 picks of this genre which has made quite a striking impact on the audience.
Chutney is all about exploring the grey sides of human nature. The short film is quite a soul-shuddering experience. Every family has a set of guarded aspirations and secrets which can be quite repelling if they are disclosed. Because murder is the last thing that you can associate with Anita, a demure housewife in ‘model town’, the revelation comes as a shock. A casual chit-chat between the seemingly innocent Anita and the ‘beauty’ of the small town Rasika Dugal reveals a tale of gory details. This film has heavy influences of the typical ‘cozy mysteries’ found in Agatha Christie’s novels. Tisca Chopra as the buck-toothed Anita is brilliant to say the least.
If there is anything that you can remember later about ‘Juice’ is the splendid performance by Shefali Chhaya. The 14-minute short film with its crisp storyline and some stellar performances is a tight slap on the face of misogyny and patriarchy. The whole story is built around Shefali’s character. The pent-up frustration of Shefali Chhaya, her evident impatience at everything around her, and eventual release of tension in her own act of defiance in the last scene are brilliantly sketched.
Another amazing performance by Tisca Chopra as the estranged wife in ‘Chhuri’ will give you ample reasons to watch this movie. What will a wife do when she comes to know that her husband played by Anurag Kashyap is cheating on her? A woman scorned can shout, cry and even bring down the house with her wrath, but no one can actually believe what Tisca does in this film. Intrigued? Watch this movie and you will know that revenge is a dish best served sweet.
Phobia sees Radhika Apte in the role of a scared-to-death woman who develops extreme fear of stepping outside her house after being sexually assaulted. Mahek or Radhika Apte is so convincing that you are bound to think that she is totally ‘nuts’. The film does not degenerate into a horror flick. Rather it progresses intelligently and Radhika is seen in all the frames; she will make you shiver with her facial expression and you at the end you will start to question about your own sanity as well.
Some actors are born to dazzle and Naseeruddin Shah is one actor who will never disappoint you. ‘Interior Café Night’ finds Naseer playing the café owner and Shernaz as one of his customers. A few minutes in the movie and it is known that the two had a history. Their story seems to have a repeat telecast with Sweta Basu Prasad and Naveen Kasturia. And if you want to know more, you need to watch the movie.