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Hats-Off Worthy, Top 10 Short Films for Your Inner Movie Buff


Short films have gained a lot of attention with their ability to grip the viewers in a mere few minutes with enlightening storylines. The increasing popularity of web entertainment, with its content freedom, low budget, and wide reach, has lured not only story-tellers but also big names from the film industry to create short films. Here’s a list of short films that are ensured to rebuild your faith in the art of filmmaking:

 ⇒ Chutney:

A Tisca Chopra film, Chutney is that spicy piece you cannot either swallow or spit out. Directed by Jyoti Kapur Das, it takes you on an escalating, and an unforgiving journey.

A small town and seemingly unassuming housewife Anita (Tisca Chopra) witnesses her husband (Adil Hussain) flirt with Model Town’s beauty (Rasika Dugal). She invites the ‘mistress’ over for snacks the next day. A simple conversation over pakoras and green chutney takes an unexpected turn, leaving the viewers baffled and in awe of Anita’s character, leaving you to ponder long after the film is over.


Directed by Devashish Makhija, Taandav is an apt depiction of an aam aadmi trying to keep his personal and professional struggles in check, while maintaining his cool. Portrayed brilliantly by Manoj Bajpayee, it is a must watch, to restore your faith in filmmaking.

Head Constable Tambe (Manoj Bajpayee) is neck deep in problems, and to top it all off, he is assigned on crowd managing duty during Ganesh Chaturthi. A triggering incident makes him lose it all, dancing with abandon on the street.

 ⇒ Tubelight Ka Chaand:

Tubelight Ka Chaand is that underrated gem, lost in the maze of commercial, overdone films. An Anurag Kashyap production, directed by Shlok Sharma, this Bengali/Hindi language film is a beautiful, aesthetic tale of pure, unadulterated love.

A street kid, Tubelight, experiences love at first sight when he sees the full moon, in all its glory. The insistent need he feels to have a tangible connection with it makes him cross great lengths, without heeding to consequences. Like an Icarus flying closer to the Sun, Tubelight builds his own moon, ensuing a beautiful disaster.

 ⇒ Ahalya:

Ahalya manages to be the perfect allegory of the ancient myth from Ramayana. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, this short film is one outstanding piece of symbolism and nail-biting suspense. Those unfamiliar with history or mythology can also enjoy this film for its sheer brilliance and unerring depiction of suspense, seduction and deceit.

Indra Sen, a young police officer, is investigating a case of missing person, Arjun, when he meets Ahalya (Radhika Apte), a strikingly beautiful young woman, wife of the much older artist, Goutam Sadhu (Soumitra Banerjee). The officer starts questioning Goutam about Arjun and learns some unbelievable truths. The story unfolds itself when he ventures further into the mysterious web of this couple; leaving you stunned and hungry for more.

 ⇒ Khamakha:

Khamakha is your perfect slice of romance, guy-meets-girl-sparks fly kind of tale, wrapped up in a sublime fashion. Directed by Aarti Bagdi under Humaramovie banner, it’s a film that’s going to leave you wistful and wishful. It won the Filmfare for Best Short Film in 2017.

Udayan (Harshavardhan Rane), a suave, urbane guy, is on his way to a conference when his car breaks down. On a snap decision, he goes on to travel by the local, village bus where he meets preppy, girl-next-door Raina (Manjiri Fadnnis). The ensuing conversation and banter takes you on a journey with a constant smile on your face.

 ⇒ Aai Shapath:

Directed by Gautam Vaze, Aai Shapath is Marathi language film, perfectly capturing a child’s innocence and faith, keeping you glued with a smile on your face. Premiered on Royal Stag Barrel’s Large Short Films, it was a winner at Jio’s Mumbai Film Festival in 2017.

During a galli cricket match, Ninad, Soham’s cousin cheats while batting and to prove his honesty, falsely swears by his mother. Soham, who knows that his cousin lied, gets terrified by the notion that now his beloved aunt (Ninad’s mother) will somehow get the brunt of this fake mother promise. This unfolds a series of endearing events, taking us back to our own childhood, when we believed in such silly superstitions (some of still do!) without any doubt.

 ⇒ Chai:

A special effort by Indian Government itself, Chai is a visual representation of India and its people over a cup of tea. Directed by Gitanjali Rao, and a Viacom18 production, Chai bounds us with the diversity of our country, one sip at a time.

The short film is a series of montages that focuses on 4 different tea vendors from the country making tea, and depicting their life story. A perfect blend of graphics, sensual shots and the process of tea-making, we get an insight in the lives of people we see daily but never notice. The film depicts the rapid changes happening in India, over our beloved cup of tea.

 ⇒ Anukul:

Another one of Sujoy Ghosh’s short masterpieces, Anukul is based on a short story by the master storyteller, Satyajit Ray, of the same name. Set in a dystopian future of Artificial Intelligence, this gripping sci-fi thriller shows Ghosh’s unique filmmaking and storytelling.

A Hindi professor and bachelor, Nikunj (Saurabh Shukla), buys a human looking robot as a housekeeper, who is perfect in every sense. The android-human can adapt to its master’s behavioral pattern, proving efficient. But what happens when machines starts to question and think above human ways? This noir takes the viewers into future, of human and robots, and the constant battle between growing science and its impact.

 ⇒ Khujli:

Produced by one of the rapidly growing content platform Terribly Tiny Talkies, Khujli, directed by Sonam Nair, is a hilarious, quirky, modern depiction of millennium’s ideas of physical intimacy and, courtesy of Fifty Shades, the new rage of BDSM.

What happens when our parents gets their hands on our secret kinky material? Cringe. A clueless Giridharlal (Jackie Shroff) finds a pair of hot-pick handcuffs in his son’s bedroom, leading to a conversation with his more acknowledged wife Roopmati (Neena Gupta), who has devoured Fifty Shades of Grey. She explains the whole shebang to her husband, urging him to try it out. What ensues is a goofy, amusing and dramatic sprint around the bedroom.

 ⇒ Interior Café Night:

Adhiraj Bose explores the complexities we all face in love at least once in our life, in Interior Café Night. This predictably unpredictable tale depicts the bittersweet feeling of love lost and found.

At a regular night in the café, two stories are unfolding simultaneously. On one hand, Naseeruddin Shah, the owner, stumbles upon his old love, unfolding a series of lost opportunities, nostalgic memories and subtle joy. On the other hand, Naveen Kasturia and Shweta Basu Prasad are meeting for the last time, victims of the unfavorable circumstances. Both stories weave themselves into each other seamlessly, creating a perfect storyline.

Enjoy your dose of award-winning-worthy short films!

Also Read: A Dose of ‘Jhakaas’ Award-Winning Marathi Short Films



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