A few years back, short films were classified as a passing fad. Either they were made by film making students as their assignments, which were mostly shabby and clumsy, or they were made keeping in mind the festival circuits and were made specially to cater to certain film festivals to garner applause to the film makers who did not have enough money to make an entire film. If given a chance to make a feature film, who would have wanted to make a short film. To keep it concise we can say that the market for short films was ‘Short’ of viewers. With telecom companies launching cheaper data plans and popularity of broadband, these films in last few years have found a market. Short films found viewers and then found people who were keen to make some good short films, that weren’t made for awards or grades in college, but to tell a story for the new chunk of web audience or shall we call them the ‘You tube’ audience in India. Some of these films were bold, some were beautiful and some were moving. Today we are going to talk about a channel on Youtube that has finished two years and ‘Fool’s day’, they released their 18th film, ‘Khujli’ starring Jaggu dada and Neena Gupta. This channel is called Terribly Tiny Talkies…and we today pick our Seven most favorite films out of the ones that premiered on this channel, which has some of the best ‘Slice of Life’ stories to tell.
ARRE BABA – WHEN A FATHER IS ALSO THE ‘MOTHER’
(Surya Balakrishnan’s ‘Arre Baba’ stars Girish Kulkarni and Gauri Deshpande)
Released on Mother’s day, This a Marathi short film about 5 and half minute in length. How much can you tell in that small a duration. Can you talk about life of two people in 5 minutes. This short and sweet story starts with a father picking up his daughter from school. The man has lost his wife and thus daughter has lost her mother. Can father be maternal, does he have empathy to understand the mood swings of his ailing daughter who is entering her teens. This is the story of a father who chooses to be both a father and a mother to his daughter. Is he able to do so…
This film has subtitles so, even if you do not know Marathi, you will not have an issue understanding it.Watch the movie, Show it your Mom and dad, and thank them for being there for you while you were growing up.
MAMTA TONIC – HEART RIPPING STORY OF A MOTHER
Srinivas Sunderrajan’s ‘Mamta Tonic’ stars Suhita Thatte, Shabnam Vadhera, Kiran Thapar and Atika Chohan.
A mother takes up a life of Hardships from the time she conceives us. She lives rest of her life to see us thrive, protect us. She does whatever it takes to nurture us and give us a life. This is one story that you have to watch for its sheer brilliance of story telling. This is story of a sales woman who sells a tonic, door to door to support herself. This is one of those films that will leave you in tears. Watch this one as if I say anything else, I would be giving out spoilers which I don,t want to. Be ready to be surprised.
CUDDLY : HEAVEN IS IN LAP OF THE MOTHER
Karan Shetty’s ‘Cuddly’ stars Neena Kulkarni and Shruti Vyas.
However advance the technology gets, however rich you get, there is no place where you can find peace other than in the lap of your mother. You agree, dont you?
DRY DAY – MAKE AN EFFORT, BRIDGE THE GAP
Harsh Dedhia’s ‘Dry Day’ strives to blur the thin line that separates two men, across generations.
Story of a father who is now at a distance from his son growing up and away from him in the same house. While the father seeks reasons to come close to his son, the son notices struggle of his estranged father and finds a reason to fill the trench of generation gap and make an effort to become friends with him. Simple sweet story that we all will relate to. Must watch.
THE LAST DAY – FRIENDS ARE SOULMATES
Watch The Last Day, by Adhiraj Bose, Starring Namit Das and Tahir Bhasin
How does it feel to say good bye to some one who has lived with you more than your longest relationship. This is story of two friends who have become soulmates. This film has layers of relationships that run under the last conversation of two friends about to part. Their relationship is more pure and serene than love itself, after all this is one relationship that God allows us to choose, and if we make the right choice we become soulmates with our friends. You can call it whatever you want, name it whatever you feel like.
BUNNY : THIS ONE IS A KILLER
Watch Bunny, by Vasan Bala.
Lovers, A girl and a guy pop sleeping pills around a bonfire. You won’t believe what happens next. This one is a love-story, a thriller and drama, all in one. I cannot disclose anything else or I shall give out spoilers. So…watch it.
KHUJLI – POST 50, THE SHADES OF LOVE
Written and Directed by Sonam Nair and features Jackie Shroff, Neena Gupta, Rani Patwar, Archak Chhabra
What happens when Girdharilal and Roopmati decide to scratch a 25-year-old itch? Secret desires come out, hidden fantasies are revealed, long-lost fire is rekindled, and things can’t help but get a little…kinky.