Shame is about a housemaid in a hotel, Fanny, played by Swara Bhaskar, who is content with being the invisible. However, her life changes when she comes across a businessman, played by Ranvir Shorey, staying in the hotel. She is sacked because of him. Now, she decides to avenge her humiliation.
Swara Bhaskar has an amazing role, and she sinks her teeth into it with elan. She brings all the empathy one could have with this one performance. Ranveer Shorey as the ruthless businessman is as wicked as they come. It is good to Saiyami Kher as an antagonist. She brings the necessary glamour to the role.
What’s wow: The concept of the invisibles turning vigilantes is very interesting. Swara’s portayal of the black negligee wearing avengeress is surreal. Anusha Bose creates characters that remain with the audience for a long time. If there is one short film that has the capacity to not just become a full length film but a franchise, it is this one.
What’s Blah: Every avenging film paints the protagonist as well as the antagonist grey. And then there is the problem of fantasy creeping into reality. While the screenplay is very relatable, there’s this niggling question about how far is too far.
Parting shot: Shame is a short film that can easily become a feature or even a franchise.
Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Saiyami Kher, Ranveer Shorey, Cyrus Sahukar.
*The short film will soon be out on Large Short Films platform