What do you do when some of the finest talents of Indie India come together to make a short film? There’s Kalki Koechlin, her Sheitaan co-star Gulshan Devaiah, that incandescent beauty Monica Dogra in a single frame. This is what make a reviewer’s task difficult – to set their sights on the short instead of bask in the cauldron of talent that they say.
Kalki and Gulshan play a couple who are invited to a party by Monica Dogra’s character. Things get a bit out of hand – as they usually do during such alcohol infused nights and the wife storms out, with her husband, of course. On the road, even as the husband and wife contemplate whether the wife was correct in storming out, they meet with an accident – and that is when one of the characters decides to severe ties with the other one, because of what they find out about the other.
What’s WOW: We liked the frenzied space at which the film moved – stopping only to magnify the clout of doubt, jealousy, nervousness and other damaging thoughts. The camera work is excellent, adding to the frustrating, suspicious aspects of life that this short film all about. The story of Severing Ties is nothing short of a Stephen King psychological thriller.
What’s Blah: Nothing
Parting Shot: Short film makers wanting inspiration to make psychological thrillers should make it a point to watch Severing Ties.
Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, Monica Dogra.
Screened at Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films
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