Ahalya : Short Film Review
Cast: Radhika Apte, Soumitra Chatterjee, Tota Roy Chowdhary
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Language: Bengali, English
Channel: Large Short Films
Release Date: 20 July 2015
Synopsis: A policeman comes to the house of an elderly famed artist to investigate the case of a missing person. And then there’s the curious case of supernaturally moving dolls. When he meets the artist’s young and beautiful wife Ahalya, things take an unexpected turn. The film takes elements from the mythological story of Ahalya from Ramayana but crafts a modern version of it with a spin.
Ghosh must be given credit for being creative and turning the tale upside down and brilliantly adapting it to modern times with a twist.
The actors are convincing in their respective parts. Tota Roy Chowdhary plays the nervous, righteous cop inveigled into debauchery to near perfection, while Radhika Apte and Soumitra Chowdhari as the incongruous couple, maintain an eerie air of mystery around them
The music, the background score sets the right mood and builds the anticipation and tension.
The film is an excellent watch because of the way it’s been made. Even for the audience with no clue about the references, the film is gripping because of its interesting element of surprise.
The ending of the short film could have been more understandable or rather straight-forward. Not all sections of the audience would know of the mythology behind the concept. A clearer stance of the short film would have ushered a broader reach.
Ahalya is a fantastic, intriguing short film with just the right mix of eerie and erotic elements to make for a compelling watch that leaves an impact in a matter of a few minutes.
- The film also has shades of Satyajit Ray’s short story Professor Shonku and Strange Dolls (Professor Shonku O AschorjoPutul)
- Sujoy Ghosh, in an interview admitted that he made Ahalya purely to work with veteran Bengali actor. Soumitra Chatterjee. When he approached him for the short film, he willingly agreed.
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