Recently, there’s a spate of feature films that take the place that they are based in as a character. Delhi, Calcutta, Kashmir, and Mumbai have made the grade. Mumbai has been the muse of several film-writers and directors. While many film-makers use the crime and glam and the glitz of Mumbai, very few use the urban and busy life to make their stories – like The Affair, the latest film to use Mumbai’s high-speed life as one of their characters. The short film does a good job of handling the complete non existence of privacy in a city like Mumbai.
The Affair begins with a couple canoodling and stealing sweet nothings at an iconic location in Mumbai – Marine Drive. However, the couple don’t have a minute to themselves as the man keeps getting disturbed by phone calls and messages. Finally, the two have a bit of a fight and the woman returns home, leaving no other option for the man to go home too.
The film starts as two people having and affair, but it turns into something interesting and unique as it reaches it’s end – that’s what works for the The Affair.
What’s Wow: The Affair tackles an important concept in a light-hearted and interesting manner. This is a far cry from the dead serious stories that we see in the short film genre at the moment.The performances are heart-warming too, without being too preachy and gloomy. Amit Sial is quite good as the husband and so is the wife, Khushboo Upadhyay. The supporting cast is quite good too.
What’s Blah: Nothing.
Parting Shot: A well made film that has a unique concept.
Cast: Amit Sial, Khushboo Upadhyay, Mahi Sadhwani
Written and Directed by: Hardik Mehta
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