Leave it to the digital medium to bring out any flavour magnificently onscreen. And as we celebrated our 70th Independence Day, the ‘moviemakers of the web’ maintained their own independent stance on what the term means to them. Be it celebrating the freedom to do what we like, be what we want to be, eat whatever we wish to or just live our lives the way it suits us, the internet was flooded with these different interpretations. It surely deserves applause for being as diverse as possible.
Here are the top five short films which caught our eye.
OYO Rooms Independence Day – Jai Hind: Manoj Bajpai and Raveena Tandon, play the husband-wife duo out to celebrate Raveena’s birthday. They meet with an accident, as a car hits their bike and the two are left on the streets, with no one coming to their help. This short film will give you goosebumps by the end, giving an insight into what our forefathers went through under the British Raj.
Hind by Terribly Tiny Tales: In a time when religions are the basis of insults, murders and many heinous acts, Hind is a sight for the sore eyes. It depicts the real life story of Noorul Hasan, a devout Muslim who gave away a part of his home to rebuild a temple. He also makes garlands and brings in milk for temple offerings. Why don’t they make such gentlemen anymore!
Independence Day Tribute Blush Originals: This short film takes independence to a different level. It pays tribute to different people who have willed to live a life independent of taboos, addiction, trafficking, sexual biases, social restrictions, etc. The film is highly inspirational and definitely deserves to be watched.
Tinder – Ek Prem Katha: Taking a cue from a Bollywood film by a similar name, this short film features Aman a lovelorn 32 year old Punjabi man, who finally finds Tanuja through Tinder. While the two love chatting throughout the day, a last meeting rendezvous plan reveals that the two are divided by an international border. Tanuja lives in Lahore, while Aman is in Amritsar.
TVF’s Main Fauji Banna Chahta Hoon: In TVF’s iconic comical style, Main Fauji Banna Chahta Hoon presents the dilemma of the families of army aspirants. While we all laud the sacrifices and the courage of our armed forces, we are not very forthcoming when our family decides to join the lot. What a quirky way to portray this.
Enjoying the Independence Day doesn’t always hero-worshipping your nation. Let’s be realistic and celebrate our unique nation, uniquely, as these short films have.