20 ‘AHH-mazing’ indian short films you need to watch right now!

Ahoy!

I was planning to write a blog post on this since so long and finally it’s here. Yes!! Being a ‘Movie Buff’, I’m deeply in love with Cinema since childhood. Although I was losing faith in Indian Cinema lately but when I got the exposure of these short movies, I was left totally spellbound. I’m sure these handpicked movies will take you on a mesmerizing journey 🙂

Have a look 😉

1. Juice

From the director of Masaan, Neeraj Ghaywan, who is back with a bang! Juice is  a riveting showcase of everyday misogyny. Starring Shefali Shah, in the role of a house wife, Juice makes a strong case for gender equality while exposing the deep-seated sense of inequality that governs an average Indian middle class household.

2. The Thought Of You

Directed by Ahmed Roy, The Thought Of You deeply explores the insecurity and jealously.  A Perfect 10 winner at The Mumbai Film Festival, The Thought Of You highlights the issue of trust and more. Starring Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, and Monica Dogra. The brilliant acting performances and direction made me to have a thought about this movie while writing this blog post.

3. Ek Dopahar

This  story is about two women, Raina and Shubha, also their love for the same man. This story describes how each of them, in their own respective fashion, deal with the grief of losing him.

 4. Teaspoon

Rajiv, wife Kavita, and Rajiv’s father, live in an apartment. Rajiv works as an Insurance agent, and travels a lot. Kavita represents a Cosmetic company and works from home, as she cannot leave her paralytic father-in-law alone. A fight over dinner escalates and the resentment is carried forward to the next morning. Series of incidents become ingredients of a Molotov cocktail that lead to a disturbing end.

5. Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker is an effort to look at the changing modernising worlds of commodity and sexuality in an era where change of anything, especially of a kitchen appliance was a deeply emotional issue, from the eyes of a middle-aged Mumbai woman

6. That Day After Everyday

Made by Anurag Kashyap and starring actress Radhika Apte in the lead role, this short focuses on the issue of eve teasing and molestation. Written by Nitin Bharadwaj, the film keeps you glued till the end and Anurag Kashyap, narrates gritty realities of the modern world in his own style.

7. Afterglow

Winner of the National Award for the Best Short Film on family values at the 60th edition of the awards, Afterglow. Watch this gem of a film by Kaushal Oza, which gives a new perspective about family values. This short movie is a tragicomedy about a Parsi widow who has lost her husband and the condolence visitors who come in to offer their sympathy.

8. Ahalya

The film stars actress Radhika Apte and Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. This Bengali film directed by Sujoy Ghosh of Kahaani fame, takes on the conceptualised version of Ramayana in a 14-minute short film. At a time when the short was released, it had created a lot of buzz in social media. The epic thriller is definitely a must watch.

9. Nayantara’s Necklace

The film stars Konkana Sen Sharma and Tillotma Shome in leading roles. Nayantara’s Neckalce is a wonderfully crafted friendship between two women from quite different backgrounds. What keeps the viewer hooked to the film is the rare detailing of its technique and the strong characterization told in a short film. The film sketches out the aspirations of a middle class woman and attempts to take you behind what appears to the eye.

10. Khujli

 Imagine 50 shades of grey at the age of 50! This short movie by Sonam Nair is nothing more than the story of an older couple getting inspired by a romance story. It’s not just your every day romance story. With talented actors like Jackie Shroff and Neena Gupta, this is one funny and kinky movie.

11. EL’AYICHI

The short stars by director TTT stars Bollywood actress Nimrat Kaur. Watch it for its humourous rapture and interesting storyline that is rare to come through in Indian cinema.

12.  NaamKaran

This short film directed by our very own talented actress Konkana Sen Sharma. The film is about the lifestyle of a pickpocket and how she exhibits the detailed research of getting in the skin of the character. Above all, the movie is crisp and compact which makes it for a good watch.

13. Dekhney Mein Kya Harz Hai

The quintessential question that features in all conversation we have with our parents after the age of 20 – shadi kab kar rahe ho?  It is a humorous take on the arrange marriage practice, and the simple concept really shines through with excellent performances. Also, it gives an innovative solution to convince the ambitious kids to get them ready for arrange marriage.

14. Kheer

This movie does what few other can – present a complete story in just 6 minutes and one incident. The setting of the movie could easily have been a small scene, easily ignored, in a conventional three-hour long movie but from an introduction to the characters, to back stories and sub-plots, everything exists here. Every thread that the movie unravels, is neatly tied at the end, and all that you’re left with is a smile on your face.

15. White Shirt

Love is a wonderful feeling that’s why a break-up hurts so much. But when you see this poignant movie, you will be filled with a melancholy feeling for that last love that left you. With what can easily be called the most understated performance of their career, Kunal Kapoor and Kritika Kamra shine in this heartbreak drama, that captures the emotions and struggles of moving on more beautifully than many mainstream movies have been able to.

16. Naked

Kalki Koechin has been ruling short web films on strong topics for quite some time now. Thus, it comes as no surprise to see her film on cyber bulling. Ritabhari is brilliant in her portrayal of the average young woman who messes up her first big opportunity. The dialogues are quite direct and the message is clear.

 

17. Kriti

Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Radhika Apte, this short film is a psychological thriller, which explores the reality of our existence. The performances by the two lead actors were quite gripping and the story was mind-blowing.

18. Bypass

Bypass stars Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in leading roles. This short film uses no subtitles or dialogue, instead it solely relies on the performances by acclaimed actors and is rich in cinematography. Directed by Amit Kumar, it was made in 2003 when actors like Irrfan and Nawazuddin were struggling to make a mark in film industry.

19. Interior Cafe Night

This short film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Shernaz Patel, Naveen Kasturia and Shweta Prasad is the story of lost opportunities in love. Directed by Adhiraj Bose, this film explores love in a way that will leave you with many thoughts and regrets.

20. Chutney

Sour and sweet, this chutney has everything you could ask for! Watch this original short film presented by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films which would leave you with a strange aftertaste.

 

Well, that’s all from my side but if you know more movies, then do leave your suggestions in comment box 🙂 Would love to watch more awesomeness 😀

With this blog post, this is Sonali Agarwal signing off..

I shall catch you up with my next post soon..

Till then..

Stay in love with Hindi Cinema 😉

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