Best Shortfilms from India

Best Shortfilms from India




Drama
India | 19min | 2013
Are memories only memories? Some meaningless knot of stupid neurons? or more than that ??? What happens inside after someone’s eternal farewell?   With the great inspiration of the short story of Rohinton Mistry named- Condolence Visit, Kaushal Oza, the amazing director made an amazing short film-"Afterglow" which is highly profound in aesthetic beauty of emotions. The story revolves around a widow who is very passionate to her Pagri/wedding cap only for the sake of her gold memories with her heavenly husband. The most dialectical issue of this film shows about the importance of memory or legacy to keep it up or to leave it. At a time two opposite psychological thing have been shown which is really highly appreciable. In our contemporary society we the general mob used to forget about the necessity or importance of absent people. We don’t try to understand a widow. Even we forget to do something special for the sake of late-people. At the very first time of the film we observe an elusive sad music going on, fire in the lamp. It can express our reality after death we carry a sad environment and Heart-firing emotions. That is very true for all. Another issue the widow first time tries to keep the pagri near to her but at last decides to gift it to someone. This is very true that after an accident we can't tolerate but by default time compels us to tolerate. This is life. Life goes to her own way the memories wander to and fro. Time heals. With time we change. This may sound sad, but we must accept that.

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Drama
India | 22min | 2011
It is really hard to comment on some films when as a critic you do not find anything that can be called as the director’s defense against your ‘harsh’ criticism. Some critics or analyst or simply movie-buff are very known faultfinders, some are moderate. Personally I would like to align myself with the latter as I always try to find some reason why the director used a particular thing of my dislike. When I do not find any, I become angry, first of all with myself for spending my time behind it. So this was my primary reaction after watching ‘Mombatti’. So instead of jumping into the word file right after, I watched three times for the ‘defense’, then scrolled through my facebook homepage, roamed through some troll and meme websites, soothed myself a little bit and now Here I am! As a short film, Mombatti managed to gain some fame in its homeland, India. The reason of its fame can be twofold: it was sponsored and widely publicized by a whisky company Royal Stag, a ’well known’ figure among young film makers. The second could be that people like to be taught (read manipulated). The opening scenes were very promising: a very thin little boy running through a bridge, some children learning a very important philosophy of their life through playing. Then the movie jumped into preaching abstract thoughts and transgressed into the propaganda genre. Throughout the movie there are several unsolved questions: why the movie shows a country that creates discrimination among the martyrs and at the same time promotes unquestioned allegiance; why Pintu’s father (victim of discrimination) has to be murdered by some jungle guerrillas who claim to fight to end discrimination against a state that creates this discrimination; why the ‘bad’ leader gets a subtle reverence as ‘netaji’ through the whole film. The only fascinating thing of this film was the sincerity given by the child actor. The performance of the rest of the cast is not worth mentioning. Roger Ebert often identified it as a weakness, when a film has to use extensive auditory manipulation to spread its message. The example is numerous in Mombatti. One particular scene has made me laugh. The leader told that he wanted to be captured with only healthy kids and Pintu had to be kicked out for that reason. Any attentive viewer would notice that Pintu was the healthiest among the rest of the kids standing with the leader. There is a lot of thing to point out about Mombatti. But I will end with this personal comment. Unquestioned patriotic reverence as a very outdated philosophy and I think WWII was the final blow on it.

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Comedy
India | 5min | 2012
If you have some idea about Indian films, especially those of its very formative years between the 60s to 2000s, you will find several characters involved in minor crimes like pick pocketing. There are even three films (I guess you can find more if you research) with the name Pick Pocket, released in 1962, 1976 and 1989. In most of the cases, these characters exist in the storyline only to provide some light laughter to the audience. Sometimes even the main hero in shown as a pickpocket, who in the later portion of the film, has an epiphany and embraces some good aspects of life. The short film ‘Mumbai Wallet’ is based on a plot of pick pocketing. But the film here does not use the characters to provoke laughter or to shed light on the transformation of the soul of human beings. The film rather provokes a confusing gloom (hats off to the color composition) and in the issue of morality, it rather shows a grey zone between absolute goodness and morality.  While the usual plot line may want to extract the good man from the ‘pocket maar’, Mumbai Wallet does the opposite, showing the little thief that exists in everybody. The main features of the film which I think very mature for a short film are that it does not want to teach any morality in the ending. The obsession of Indian films with teaching ethics is nothing new. I was getting disappointed as I guessed that the ‘gentleman is going to be cheated. But thanks go to the director, for holding the interest to the very last second, with awesome twist. As I did some research after watching Mumbai Wallet, I did not find much information about the director Rishabh Desh vaishnav except that he made another wonderful piece named Agony of a Purple Clod

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