Three-hour long films have remained a favourite time frame with Indian directors for generations. But thankfully, this margin seems to be narrowing with more and more filmmakers preferring to tell stories in lesser time.
Here are 7 must watch short films.
Sujoy Ghosh’s short film Ahalya, that was released on YouTube, has been applauded by viewers and critics alike. Ahalya is a 14-minute thriller that stars Soumitra Chatterjee, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Radhika Apte in lead roles. Presented by Large Short Films, the movie ‘spins a web around seduction and deceit’.
The film stars Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani in lead roles. It is the story about a boy’s struggle to make peace with his HIV positive father, whom he blames for cheating on his mother, in his last days . The film premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.
We would call this the best packaged film, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Irrfan Khan in one frame. It is the story about two Rajasthani thugs who loot and kill passersby at the bypass. After their most successful heist, they are arrested, only to realise that the police officer himself is a crook who took all their money.
4. That Day After Everyday:
Eve teasing is something faced by every woman almost every day. But when no one comes forward to help us, what are we supposed to do? Stand quietly and let someone tease us or stand up for ourselves? This short film is an appropriate answer to the problem.
Written by Zoya Akhtar and Vishal Bharadwaj, this stars Irrfan Khan, Shiney Ahuja, Raima Sen, Sameera Reddy and Vijay Raaz. It shows the story of two couples who aren’t sexually active, due to proximity and a different sexual orientation. It ends with an interesting message.
6. Tubelight ka Chaand:
A masterpiece by Anurag Kashyap, this short film is a story of a poor-young boy and his quest for love. A magical journey of falling in love with the moon and wooing her. The background music just takes you to another world.
Starring actors Nimrat Kaur and Divyendu Sharma, this is the story of a clingy husband who haunts his irritated wife with a fossilised dodo for company. It is an exploration of love, way past its ‘expiry’ date.