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Chimes: Short Film Review

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Six Sigma Films’ Chimes, the award-winning short film directed by Subhajit Dasgupta, boasts of a talented cast inclusive of names like Kumud Mishra, Ayesha Raza, Gopal Dutt, and others. But does it deliver what it intends to?

: Chimes Short Film Review

Cast: Kumud Mishra, Ayesha Raza, Gopal Dutt, Satyajit Sharma, Virginia Rodrigues, Ishaan Chadha.

Director: Subhajit Dasgupta.

Language: Hindi.

Genre: Drama.

Channel: Six Sigma Films (YouTube).

Release Date: 16th November 2019.

Synopsis:

The Sanyals are hunting for a new house. Things turn strange as the latest house that they visit, one with a dark past, has a mind of its own, and a history that it seems to like repeating.          

Yay!

  • The concept for Chimes is an interesting one. Since the very beginning, you get a sense that there’s something eerie about the house, which, although looks normal, is a witness to a dark past, and perhaps, even a partaker in it. The broker, Dubey, is enthusiastic and talks about the tragic history with nonchalance, even joy. The way that three different stories – two from the past and one in the present – are interwoven together is quite clever.
  • There are indications towards the malevolence at work in the house – aiming to further divide a family already in disagreement. When Sanyal complains about the lack of wind, the chimes move and a cold breeze enters through the window, thereby declaring the father as someone who is never happy. The chimes seem to a harbinger of something sinister, as it always rings around events where negativity begins to cloud judgement, or perhaps a metaphor that children should be allowed to fly and learn on their own.
  • There’s one thing in common between all the stories – parents being disappointed with their children, who are defiant and want to be free – something which eventually leads to anger, and at some point, confrontation, violence and death, as was the end in the first two stories. Although the third story is kept open-ended, you can easily guess where it is heading to.
  • The story is also a unique take on the generation gap between parents and their children, and how unusual expectations and changing thought processes are leading to differences and conflicts.

Nay!

  • While the story has an interesting concept, the execution is where it gets complicated, which is not smooth or effective in saying what it wants to.
  • The way the three stories are overlapping with each other is clever, but it could’ve been done with more efficiency. The narrative gets rough and jarring as we come near to a close.
  • The ending, although kept open, is not enough to encourage curiosity as it should, but leaves viewers puzzled over the point of it all. It fails to divulge enough to prompt audiences to think, who are instead left feeling confused about the end.
  • The short film manages to build suspense but leaves the plot hanging in the middle. It feels like there’s a gaping hole in the story, rather than a proper open ending. The execution fails to get the point across and could’ve been much better.
  • Often when the story does not live up to the level on-screen, the acting does the job of propping things up. In this case, however, the performances, though not disappointing, fail to make such an impact or give the story a new life.

Bottom Line:

Interesting concept, but the execution is where it fails to deliver the story with an impact that it deserves.

Trivia:

  • Kumud Mishra has been a part of several films, including names such as Airlift, Rustom, Rock On 2, Jolly LLB 2, Tiger Zinda Hai, Article 15, among others.
  • Ayesha Raza has been a part of movies like Student of the Year 2, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Love Per Square Foot (Netflix), as well as the Amazon Prime Video web series, Made in Heaven. Gopal Dutt, on the other hand, is famous for being a part of web series like TVF Pitchers, TVF Bachelors & Hotstar’s The Office.

Watch The Short Film Here:

Also Read: Plus Minus: Short Film Review

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