A young couple is being shown a fully furnished house in Mumbai by a broker who waxes lyrical about the housing society and how neighbors are never a problem as everybody has their own business to mind. As decision time beckons we see the differing perspectives of the couple and the fact that they are in a live-in relationship. Out of nowhere, the broker says the society doesn’t allow live-in couples. Of course, we don’t see the lady breaking into a song to impress the association head à la Ok Kanmani. The broker instead proposes an idea to solve their problem. And what an idea it is!
While Over A Chai had the viewer at a distance throughout (not the relatability but the actual proximity to the characters on screen) 'Andha Naal Nyabagam' is highly claustrophobic especially after the Rajagopalan character enters the life of Karthik.
Sthreepart is an ambitious short film that talks primarily about the various types of women documented in literature and the way women are forced to react to dominating men. At 40 minutes long, the short film is quite engaging in spite of cutting across various time frames cleverly moving the story forward constantly.
The concept of death hanging on our shoulders is often a dreary topic to deal with as not everyone is comfortable talking about it in the open. In the same vein, making an engaging short film where death stands not just figuratively but literally on the doorstep is quite a challenge.
Melpaarvai is one insightful attempt that digs into a broken relationship that refuses to die irrespective of time, marriage or any other factor that could have come into the equation. Capable acting, well written dialogues and delightful music are standout aspects while showing two distinct phases of the relationship side by side, is a refreshing choice of story-telling technique. Despite the extremely well done visual overlays between the present and past versions of the lead pair, there is ample scope of improvement in the way the camera was handled. There were quite a few jerky movements and distracting focus shifts apart from inconsistent lighting in the indoor sequences. With the focus on just two characters, this short film scores high on both concept and execution! Badges/Verdict Insightful Watch it here Info/Cast & Crew Language: Tamil Running Time: 22 min Directed by: Vijay Jayapal Written by: Vijay Jayapal Starring: Vinayak, Shalini Guptan Music by: Shamanth Shot by: Vanchinathan Editing by: Nagooran Ramachandran