The streaming platforms is a great opportunity for experimental cinema. In the seventies and the eighties, experimental cinema vied for screens along with mainstream cinema projects, and the streaming platforms have changed it. This brings us to films like Kahanibaaz, starring Ashish Vidyarthi, Sasho Sharathy, Rhea Rai, Sanjay Vichare, Sonia Tredia and Sarvesh Adawade.
Kahanibaaz is unique, because it is inspired from the podcasts of the same name over at Gaana. This makes it quite like Lore, another web series that was basically an adaptation of the podcast of the same name. Kahanibaaz is about a taxi driver, who has witnessed domestic abuse since childhood. He picks up a young couple, with the husband showing hints of being a domestic abuser himself. What happens next forms rest of the story.
What’s Wow: Ashish Vidharthi is the life of this intense story that has a crackling screenplay. Director Sandeep Varma, who also writes the script does a good job of bringing this unique story to the fore. This is one of the more unique screenplays that we have seen in recent times. The twist in the end adds more verve to the short film. Watch this one.
What’s Blah: Kahanibaaz is experimental cinema, and it decides to do too many things in one film. It wants to tackle domestic violence, it wants to show the good and bad side of a vigilante and it wants to introduce a whole new audience to alternate timelines. Whether it succeeds in doing one or all three is for the audience to decide.
Parting Shot: Kahanibaaz is an interesting short film, a good addition to the streaming platforms.
Cast and Crew
Cast: Ashish Vidyarthi, Sasho Sharathy, Rhea Rai, Sanjay Vichare, Sonia Tredia and Sarvesh Adawade
Director: Sandeep Varma
Produced by: Vivek Modi (YELLOWBULBS)