Gadhedo: Short Film Review
Maatsa is the only educated, English speaking, smart teacher in the Jhalamand, or so he and villagers believe. Goru Dhobi, at whose house Maatsa lives as a tenant, is fascinated by the charisma Maatsa oozes. When he asks the teacher what’s the secret behind his commandeering personality, what unfolds is a satire that will leave you in awe of contrast that is human nature.
There’s a saying that goes, “Make something idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot.” Large Short Films’ latest short, Gadhedo, is the quintessential example of this. About a small village in the Rajasthan where a fairly literate scammer/teacher, Maatsa (Chandan Roy Sanyal), has earned the reputation as the smartest man the whole village looks up to, the film explores human nature and education in a fun way.
Gadhedo is a lesson in disguise about how education and knowledge differ from one another, and still go hand in hand. Maatsa is not an educated person, but he is street smart. He has the ability to fool people into believing him in any matter possible. He very easily tells Goru that he turned his pet donkey into an actual smart human, who is now a Tehsildar (tax officer) in town. And Goru, who is a businessman, falls prey to this harebrained idea and actually goes to bring back his donkey-turned-human back, where he (and we) learns that no matter what you do, certain qualities never go away, human or animal.
Every single character in this story, be it Goru’s wife (Trupti Khamkar) or the totally uninterested students in the school, is put to use. Each of them represent human nature of the small town people of Jhalamand, which is incidentally universal in its nature. Education cannot turn you into a wise man and it cannot influence your mannerisms. The director has given each character a defining mannerism, and all of them justify it perfectly with their body language and dialect.
The background music, bizarre visuals and purposeful-uncomfortable angles all work in harmony with the story to give you a wholesome film that keeps you entertained and leaves you enlightened. A brilliant metaphor in each of its frames and dialogues, Gadhedo perplexes you and then makes you smile as it portrays the reality of human nature in utmost subtlety.
“ Does education makes you smart? Large Short Films’s latest film, Gadhedo- starring Vikrant Massey, Trupti Khmakar, and Chandan Roy Sanyal- explores this dilemma in the most satirical way.”
Not a thing.
Gadhedo is subtlety and satire personified. A must watch.
Gadhedo marks Jai Sharma’s directorial debut; he has previously been assistant director for movies like 3 Idiots, Dil Dhadakne Do, and Daddy, among others.
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