The short film is about a young girl who is living in the house of her father. Her father, seemingly a poet, is no more but his memories remain through his words and more. The house is visited by a cook and, the unannounced guests who keep coming over to the place. The story is told through interactions of these characters and the poetic words, which are narrated by Naseeruddin Shah.
Let me spill out one spoiler now itself. Naseeruddin Shah is only present as the voice-over. Sorry, but as you will see, it was not really a spoiler. The narration of Naseerudin Shah is very soothing and done well. I have seen him performing without mics. Mr Shah moves the audience merely with the oratory skills, the acting comes second.
Pardon me, I deviated. Coming to movie at hand, the best part is its simplicity. There is nothing complex about the inter-relations or the treatment. No scene has been exaggerated or overloaded with heavy musics and paraphernalia. It is a simple life, flowing as it does with its own crests and troughs. That actually also becomes its negative, though. Please read on.
The film is too simplistic with nothing much to offer to the audience. The end seems out of place from the rest of the story. The short film was awarded by MAMI awards 2019 (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) which may be because of the effect of the star-cast. But I will be able to comment on that only after watching other nominations.
Overall, it is nothing great and you may skip this one.
AglaPlay Verdict: Average AglaPlay Rating: 2.5/5 Language: Hindi/English Duration: ~19 minutes Writer: Debasmita Dasgupta, Anshul Tiwari (based on short story written by Madhumita Dasgupta) Director: Anshul Tiwari Cast: Ira Dubey (protagonist), Jhuma Biswas (maid), Arfi Lamba, Dilshad Patel & Naseerudin Shah (Voice over / Poet-Father)