Short Film: The Gift

23 . Jun . 2017
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Short films are a dime a dozen. Most film-makers make cause based films, so we have a couple of those films pop up every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, etc.  There’s a growing buzz that cause based films are taking away the entertainment factor away from the short film genre, which we are yet unsure about. However, thriller films are quite hard to find – and nicely made films with a great concept, direction, story and performances are rare. So, ‘The Gift’ on SonyLIV is a short film that worth a watch.

The film begins with a couple having a romantic dinner at one of Mumbai’s wellknown chow-points. What starts as an ‘aaw’ conversation unravels into the planning of a murder. We won’t give out the climax, because films with a twist are rare to come by. Suffice it to say, the film succeeds in keeping the audience’s interest and satisfying them in the end.

What’s Wow:  The Gift is a sharply made film that has the intimate warmth of an Agatha Christie or a Jeffrey Archer novel. Rarely has so much been said about three characters in such a small time frame, which in turn takes the film ahead towards its engaging climax. Granted, the film isn’t path-breaking for people who have read the suspense/thriller books or watch these kind of films of yore. However, from the Indian and the Indian short film standpoint, this is a must watch film.

The performances are also top class. It’s always a joy to watch Mandira Bedi on screen. This becomes our second favourite Gul Panag film and performance after her ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’.

What’s Blah: Nothing

Parting Shot: Sony Liv’s ‘The Gift’ has the intimate warmth and the shocking climax of a Jeffrey Archer book. We need more short films like ‘The Gift’

Cast: Kushal Punjabi, Gul Panag, Mandira Bedi

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