The beauty of short films is that you can put across a gamut of emotions in a short span of time, but it also means that it can be a difficult job to put across a lot of information for the audiences to understand without boring them to death. Gustaakh is based on a story by Saadat Hassan Manto, and like most of his stories is based in the times of Nawab. The story starts with a young woman in love with a guy. As they get intimate, he promises that he will get her gold bangles. While she is waiting for him to fulfill his promise, one day he turns up with another woman who claims to be his sister. The encounter between the two women is intimidating and the sister asks her brother to leave her to talk with his lover. There is a certain eerie feeling in the room as the two women are left alone.
What’s WOW? The treatment of the film since it is based in the post-independence era will remind you of those days. The language has also been altered to suit the Nawab style.
What’s Blah? At half an hour long, the film could have been shortened by a bit.
Parting Shot: Watch Gustaakh if you are okay with love stories with a sad ending. Else avoid it.
Cast: Parul Gulati, Deep Dholakia
Director: Prashant Rana
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