Several short films have spoken about interpersonal and social relationships set in an urban background. These short films also talk about urban loneliness and the aspects that spring out of that – the incessant need to look for relationships and bonds that are platonic and harmless in nature. However, because of the hyper-exposure to the events happening all over the world, that doesn’t always end up nice. Chubhan is a short film that talks about this anomaly – about the urban population driving away prospective relations because of the inherent loneliness that pries on them.
A young woman and her brother shift to a city. While the brother is oblivious of his surroundings, the elder sister thinks that something is amiss, when she notices an elderly neighbour gazing at her all hours. She fears the worst, only for the audience to witness a twist at the end of the tale.
What’s Wow : Asavari Ghanekar creates a compelling picture of the urban world. Her screenplay brings to the fore the complexity of the urban relationships. The screenplay delves into several aspects with just the right dip – including stalking and the perception others have about it. Shweta Basu Prasad does a great job of playing the woman who thinks she’s stalked and decides to strike back. Manoj Kolhatkar brings the weirdness of a potential stalker out well.
What’s Blah : At thirty minutes, Chubhan could have done with some crisper editing and even deletion of scenes outright.
Parting Shot : Chubhan is a fresh tale of urban non relationships.
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Shweta Basu Prasad, Manoj Kolhatkar
Director: Sachin Arun Gokhale
Writer: Asavar Ghanekar
Screenplay: Asavari Ghanekar, Devesh Kamat, Sachin Gokhale, Crystal Pereira
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