Published On: Fri, Jul 12th, 2013

Review : Shorts – Only for Film Festivals

Shorts Release date: 12 July 2013 Rating : 3/5
Producer : Anurag Kashyap
Director : Shlok Sharma
Music Director : Jaidev Kumar
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda

Maverick Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is not only known for the off-beat films he directs, but also the unconventional movies that he produces. Anurag is back again and this time, it’s not with one but five award winning films that have been amalgamated into one titled ‘Shorts’.

Produced under Anurag Kashyap’s AKFPL and TUMBHI, Shorts has five award winning short stories by five new directors. The movie is set to release this Friday and Bollywood3 brings you a comprehensive review much in advance.

Story :

‘Sujata’, the first story directed by Shlok Sharma, is about Sujata (Huma Qureshi) who has been abused in her childhood by her cousin brother. Her cousin continues to abuse her as she grows into adulthood while she keeps bearing it quietly. Finally, after not getting any help from various social organizations, Sujata plans to take an extreme step to stop this atrocity.

The second story titled ‘The Epilogue’ is helmed by Siddharth Gupt. This is a silent movie about a woman (Richa Chadda) and her unconditional and unbearable love for her guy.

Directed by Anirban Roy, the third story titled ‘Audacity’ is based in Bengal. The story is about a young girl who is frustrated as her father stops her from listening to loud music and how she wants to teach him a lesson.

‘Mehfuz’ (Safe) directed by Rohit Pandey is a story of a poor man who takes care of the dead people around the city by either burying or burning the bodies. On day, he sees a young girl wandering around the area and develops feelings for her.

‘Shor’ by Neeraj Ghaywan is a story of Lallan and Meena, a couple from Banaras and their struggle to lead a normal life in the big city of Mumbai. While Lallan keeps wandering around the city looking for work, Meena works at a sewing factory. Overtime their love for each other diminishes whiles the city and its noise acts as their savior.

Positive Points :

Every story in the film is based on the daily lives of middle people. The movie conveys that even after an array of problems in the society, everyone needs to find a way to deal with it. The duration of each movie is apt and doesn’t give viewers the time to get bored.

Speaking of performances, the star cast includes some big names like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Vineet Singh. Their performances take the film to a different level. Every character plays to the best of their ability and gives a feeling that they are one among us.

Special mention goes to Huma Qureshi and Vineet Singh, who have done a splendid job. Their expressions and dialogue delivery are the top-notch.

Negative Points :

The movie has a content that doesn’t easily lure today’s generation. After Bombay Talkies, this the first time that five different short stories have been brought together in Bollywood. But since Bombay Talkies had famed directors and interesting stories, Shorts is far away from the usual commercial cinema and will not the attract audiences much.

The movies surely has decent content but is portrayed in an extremely confusing way. Rohit Pandey and Siddharth Gupt’s stories are not the once that are easily understandable by normal public.

Technical Aspects :

The movie doesn’t have any songs which is good thing as the stories are so powerful that a music album would have acted as a hindrance in the plot. The movie being an Anurag Kashyap production has his trademarked realistic cinematography.

The camera covers the true essence of the lives of middle and poor class people every story. The editing is sleek and goes well with the flow. The editing is sleek and goes well with the flow. Pace of the movie is very slow and belongs to film festivals genre.

Verdict :

Overall, Shorts is a movie that demands you to pay attention to intense stories> It is not a film where you can just leave your brains at home. Lack of commercial elements might draw very less viewers to watch it. The movie is all about direction and performances and will only do well in film festivals. Rating – 3/5

Reviewed by Neha Prashar Gupta