Recipe ★★★

A thriller short telling the story of one night in a live-in couple’s life.

Review of Short Film Recipe


Recipe is a thriller about a live-in couple. Adopted from Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter, the short film is modernized to give contemporary contexts. The girl is pregnant with the guy’s child, and she is also very serious about the relationship. Naturally, she wants to marry the guy who has different opinions. What happens next is hinted at in this short suspense thriller.

What works

In comparatively very-short role, Shalin Thakur makes his mark in Recipe. Even with very few dialogues for his namesake character, the irritation and agitation looks very real.

What could have been better

While Recipe has a good story from Roald Dahl’s classic, it could have simply been much better if the whole story was adopted. Particularly the end of Roald’s original is much more impactful than the Recipe’s. May be it is my bias towards original, but I feel that the original story with very slight changes and reordering would have been more relevant than this short film.

Partly because of the bias too, I did not like that the original work is not at all credited in the credits.


Recipe is a decent watch, it is just that it could have been much better in my opinion.

AglaPlay Verdict: Average, one time watch
AglaPlay Rating: 3.0/5
Language: Hindi
Duration: ~8 minutes
Writer:Shoyeb Shaikh, adapted (not credited) from Lamb to the Slaughter written by Roald Dahl
Director: Shoyeb Shaikh
Cast: Shalin Thakur (Shalin), 
Sania Chaudhari (Sania) &
Recipe: A Thriller Involving a Live-in Couple

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