Amma Meri: Short Film Review
Cast: Anurag Arora, Devki Rani, Diksha Lamba, Shivam Pradhan.
Director: Tarun Jain.
Channel: Large Short Films (YouTube).
Release Date: 2nd August 2019.
Balram finds himself in a sudden and serious crisis as his father dies, and he is left as the sole provider and caretaker of the family. With an old mother to care for and an ‘overgrown’ daughter to wed off, Balram is floundering to manage the finances, insidious ideas taking root in his mind, thanks to the advice of various ‘well-wishers’. Will he fall prey to his situation?
- Speaking in frames and expressions, Large Short Films latest offering- Amma Meri– is a short film that comes by rarely. A depiction of reality so strong in its portrayal, that it touches the chords of your heart with the fewest words.
- The short film revolves around a rural milkman, who finds himself in a midlife crisis when he realizes that after his father’s death, he has to take care of his entire household on his meager income. Plagued with anxiety and doubts, planted by his friends and family, unsavory thoughts run through his mind, solutions to the problem he is going through. As he solely and silently battles with himself, one incident brings him back to the ground, reminding him of his priorities.
- Karan Thapliyal’s cinematography and the sound design by Shajith Koyeri is the prominent feature of the entire short film, as it has rarely any dialogues, portraying the entire story and its crux via shots and the accompanying music. The silence of words in this film speaks louder and clearer.
- The powerful opening wide shot, where Balram’s father is shown dying, followed by the accompanying frames showing Balram sitting at the similar place in the similar frame, conveys the father-son relation in its finest essence. Amma Meri’s heart lies in such short and profound shots, depicting it all visually.
- Anurag Arora through his posture, expression, and action, perfectly portrays the story as it’s meant to be. His character Balram’s dilemma seems quite Kafkaesque at the end, as the catalyst behind his worry takes itself out of the equation. Everything becomes clearer, with him and the viewer’s sighing in relief.
- Not a thing.
Amma Meri is an excellent example of French New Wave style of filmmaking, centered around and speaking of rural India and its lifestyle.
- Amma Meri was first premiered worldwide at International Documentary & Shorts Film Festival of Kerala in 2017, after which went on to get various national and international acclaims.
- Tarun Jain, apart from being the director, is also the writer and producer of Amma Meri.
- Anurag Arora made his digital debut with Netflix’s Delhi Crime, followed by Eros Now’s short film Maun.
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