Short Film: Anukul

07 . Oct . 2017
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To watch a story by celebrated writer director Satyajit Ray is an achievement you would like to boast about. Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films latest presentation is Anukul based on a short story written by Satyajit Ray. The film, directed by Sujoy Ghosh is based on the premise that having a humanoid (human robot) as an employee is a fast-picking concept, though there are some in the society who oppose hiring robots over humans.

Saurabh Shukla, a professor, hires a human robot played by Parambrata Chattopadhyay to help do his daily chores at a high price. The good part about this robot, named Anukul, is that likes reading a lot. Once he chances upon Bhagvad Gita and asks his employer about the various dilemmas Arjun faced in the book and why his final decision where right.

A small fight with Saurabh’s brother, played by Kharaj Mukherjee leads some bad blood between Kharaj’s character and Anukul. Later when Saurabh is fired from his job, after a robot is found more qualified than him, he is saddened by the fact that he will not be able to afford Anukul anymore.

But a turn of events reveals the true character of Anukul.

What’s Wow: Based in Chowringhee, the film gives that West Bengal film with élan. So much that you are actually transported to the Satyajit Ray era. Saurabh Shukla and Parambrata Chattopadhyay continue their impressive streak. Such is the charm and awesome storytelling of this short film that you want to watch it again and again.

The teachings of Bhagvad Gita are explained with such simplicity, without losing their essence – kudos to Ritesh Shah and Sujoy Ghosh, the dialogue writers for the film.

What’s Blah: this is another film that we think could have done away with some minutes. The whole idea of a short film is conveying maximum in minimum number of minutes, which doesn’t happen with Anukul. It could have spared more time at the editing table. It seems elongated at 22 minutes approximately.

Parting Shot: For all Satyajit Ray lovers, this film is a must watch. Apart from the duration, you will love everything about the movie and will also take away some teachings.


Saurabh Shukla as Nikunj

Parambrata Chattopadhyay as Anukul

Kharaj Mukherjee as Ratan

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Duration: 21.53 minutes

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