In a time when art has become limited to revenue generation, and the success of a film or a TV show gets limited to its commercial victory, television and cinema have come to lose their essence as artistically viable. But this hasn’t stopped a small group of artists and art lovers from creating pieces of art for their aesthetic and social value, irrespective of the commercial success that their efforts would garner.
Short films, often released online have become the trend. Since these are short, they do not require huge investments in terms of time. Along with being convenient to watch, some of them are a storehouse of brilliant concepts, exceptional dialogues, outstanding performances, and impeccable film making techniques. Here are some of the best pieces of exquisite art, churned out in the recent times. Each one is a must watch.
Inspired by the story of Ahalya from Ramayana, this film is Sujoy Ghosh’s modern take on the tale. Artistically conceptualized, this thriller keeps you captivated until the very end. A must watch for audiences of varied tastes.
Another thriller, the mystery of which keeps you hooked until the very end. Tisca Chopra’s recounting of events transpired effortlessly take the story from the monotony of the everyday life of a housewife to a twist that you’d never expect. A brilliant concept, dramatized astonishingly well.
- Interior Café Night
For those who have ever felt the bliss of love and the pangs of separation, this film makes you want to believe in the power of true love and destiny. With absolutely unforgettable performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Shernaz Patel, this is a true master piece by Adhiraj Bose. A must watch for young and old alike.
- Nayantara’s Necklace
The story of a deep friendship between two women that goes beyond the boundaries of class, directed by Jaydeep Sarkar, this is a beautifully crafted film. With impeccable performances by Konkana Sen Sharma and Tillotma Shome, the plot revolves around middle class desires and aspirations, drawing the curtain from what happens beyond what appears to the naked eye. This piece of art is sure to keep you hooked.
- After Glow
This film rightly won the National Award for the Best Short Film at the 60th hosting of the awards. A film about family values, it portrays the pseudo sympathies and condolences that are received by a Parsi woman upon the demise of her husband. An absolute gem, Kaushal Oza seems to have put his heart and soul into his venture.
According to my personal understanding of the film, this seems to me like a comical take on true love. Nimrat Kaur’s outstanding performance, and the humour laden twists make this one a must watch.