India has got a big bunch of talented filmmakers. While most of them stick to the feature film bracket, there are some who choose to make short films. These are short, crisp and intact. While rooting for feature films, we often miss on some splendid short films.
Over the past few years, the format of short films has become very popular. With the backing of national and international film festivals, their number have also increased significantly. Short films are a boon for independent filmmakers. Here is a list of some impeccable short films for the movie buffs who love cinema from the core of their heart.
Interior Cafe Night
A eulogy to second chances in life, Adhiraj Bose’s Interior Cafe Night is a beautiful short film which you cannot afford to miss. The 13 minute long film stars veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shernaz Patel along with Naveen Kasturia and Shweta Prasad. The movie is a heartfelt story of an elderly couple who decide to catch up after years of separation and a young couple who is at the verge of break up. The film captures delightful moments of these couples and touches you straight at the heart.
Positive is an attempt by Farhan Akhtar to spread awareness about AIDS. The movie shows the journey of a father suffering from AIDS through the eyes of his son. Featuring a stellar cast comprising of Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi and Arjun Mathur, Positive explains how carelessness can deteriorate one’s life and eventually lead to many people suffering because of negligence. Watch this if you like socially relevant movies.
Ahalya is an epic thriller starring Radhika Apte and Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Kahaani fame director Sujoy Ghosh has presented a conceptualized version of Ramayana in this 14-minute short film. The film is about the investigation of a missing man named Arjun. The characters are intrigued into a mystery that unfolds frame after frame. If you like suspense thrillers, then this one is a must watch for you.
Taandav is a short film starring Manoj Bajpayee directed by Devashish Makhija. It tells the story of Head Constable Tambe whose life is a mess. Taandav is an out of the box movie that revolves entirely around the thought process of Tambe. Cherry on the cake is a superb track by Nucleya featured in the short film that adds a local flavor. Taandav promises pure entertainment. Watch it for Bajpayee’s splendid performance.
A delightfully crafted tale of friendship, Nayantara’s Necklace is directed by the very talented Jaydeep Sarkar. Featuring the stunning Konkana Sen Sharma and Tillotma Shome in leading roles, the film highlights an unusual friendship between two drastically different women and the emptiness that they feel in their lives. The film makes you wonder about life at so many different levels. Brilliant performances coupled with a strong plot make this a must watch short film.
Starring the supremely talented Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in leading roles, Bypass is a story of two bandits. The story takes a turn when they meet a corrupt policeman. This desert tale packed with violence is an interesting story directed by Amit Kumar that is relied on solid performances and it’s brilliant cinematography. Watch this to see a different shade of Nawazuddin and Irrfan from their struggle days.
A reminder of the little joys of life, Laugh is an impressive short film featuring a stellar cast including Sanjai Mishra, Sheeba Chadha, Vrajesh Hirjee and Brijendra Kala. The story shows a bickering couple and their mischievous neighbors who are insanely infectious. Full of amazing punch lines and delightful moments, Laugh will definitely make you laugh effortlessly.
Directed by Jyoti Kapur Das, Chutney features Bollywood actors Adil Hussain and Tisca Chopra. It is an unassuming tale of revenge revealed through a casual chit chat over pakoras and green chutney. The film is gripping and keeps you intrigued till the last moment. Das’s take on the issue of domestic violence through the medium of Chutney is commendable. Watch it for its skillful execution.
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