Mother’s Day is here and with it comes a slew of short films that celebrate the concept of being a mom. Most of these films will hit the net over the weekend. One such film that revolves around Mother’s Day, Cuddly, has hit the streaming screens.
The short film tells the story of a mother and daughter who have the characteristics that are only too common nowadays – a hardworking, ultra busy young person with very few who they care about in life – one of them being their mother.
This is a great story for those who say that their parents don’t understand what they do for a living. Who hasn’t had a conversation about work which ends with the mother saying, ‘I don’t understand what you do, but as long as you’re happy, I am happy.’
The film deals with several aspects in this short video – the generation gap, the increasing use of technology in daily life, that arguments are the actual spice of a relationship. But it does all this in a disarming, almost intimate manner – which has the audience arm up to the story and the characters immediately.
What’s WOW: Typical theme based short films are saccharine and don’t have anything else to offer – other than the concept itself. But in Cuddly, we have two great performances and a crisp screenplay that’s a joy in itself. Neena Kulkarni is a revelation. She succeeds in adding something else to a character that she’s been playing in so many Bollywood and Marathi films. This is also a great outing for Shruti Vyas, who was also seen in the Naseeruddin Shah film ‘Sona Spa’.
What’s Blah: No negative points here, this one make for a good watch.
Parting Shot: ‘Cuddly’ is a great, fresh look at the bond that mothers and daughters have, something that should be definitely watched.
Cast: Neena Kulkarni, Shruti Vyas
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