There are few films that show a protagonist’s defeat. In fact, a film showing a protagonist’s failure is a direct walkaway from the typical ‘three act play’ that audiences are accustomed to. In fact, the only film where the protagonist dies and nothing changes is the highly underrated Amitabh Bachchan starrer Main Azad Hoon.
After that gem, Bollywood hasn’t really worked with the protagonist’s failure. With newer directors on the front, that’s changing. And Anurag Kashyap jumps ship to the short film platform to bring to us Kartaa, a short film that might have the worst, weakest protagonist – ever.
Akhilesh (Digamber Prasad) is a man who’s down but not out – yet. His freelancing as a real estate broker isn’t working out, one of his jobs has serious ramifications, his friends have deserted him and his son is thrown out of school – possibly because of non-payment of fees. What he does in this situation forms the rest of the story.
What’s WOW: Adamya Bhalla and Randeep Jha bring an extraordinary story to the screen. It’s interesting that the makers don’t go into the backstory of the main character. There’s no reason given for the futile, failed life that Akhikesh is living, and that’s what is adding to the whole story.
Of course, the film’s layered. At the outset, it’s about a person who’s on the brink of losing it. Another layer is about suicide and what causes it. The person goes through three instances that finally drive him to that step, and the short film talks about how serious abetment of suicide is and how lightly it’s taken by society and the law.
What’s Blah? Nothing
Parting Shot: Kartaa lives up to the expectations and tells a poignant story, that remains with the audience for a long time.
Director: Randeep Jha
Cast: Digamber Prasad, Priyanka Pathak, Kuvam Bhradwaj, Hareesh Chhabra, Siddharth Bharadwaj, Shrikant Verma, Aakash Dahiya, Sushil Tyagi, Nadeem Khan, Sandeep Kumar.
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