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Interior Cafe Night : Short Film Review

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Cast: Shernaz Patel, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu Prasad, Naveen Kasturia

Director: Adhiraj Bose

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama, Romance

Release Date: 18 July 2016

Synopsis: Two long-lost lovers who meet by chance after 30 long years. Their lives are now very different, they are no longer bound by the responsibilities and conditions that stopped them all those years back. Is this the end or the beginning of a second chance at love?  Love, loss and life come a full circle in Adhiraj Bose’s Interior Café-Night.13 minute short film is an encomium to second chances in life.

Yay!

  • Adhiraj Bose’s direction is keenly observed, there’s a lot of attention to detail
  • The parallels drawn in the story are wonderful and hit you at the right time
  • The sound design for the film is impeccable, as it nicely weaves in the awkward silences of a cafe between the two sets of lovers dealing with different circumstances of their relationship.
  • The talented cast does justice to the story and makes their characters come alive.
  • The film does poetic justice to unrequited love without trying to be over the top and preachy.
  • The simplicity of the climax rescues the film from being a gooey mess and leaves you with a smile on your face.

Nay!

  • The tale can seem too saccharine for those wanting something fresh and unusual from a short film
  • The use of background score is minimal and it could have added to the screenplay.

Bottom-line:

Interior Cafe Night, This is a warm little film about love, loss, and redemption. And it deserves to be watched.

Trivia:

  • Shernaz Patel was the first choice to play the female protagonist and so was Naseeruddin Shah (who, the director says, is difficult to convince due to the abundance of short film offers that come his way).
  • It is the second time Shweta Basu is cast alongside Naseeruddin Shah after Iqbal (2007)
  • The film waited for 2 years before being made public and went on to win 6 awards and 25 nominations in various categories for short films.                                                                                                                              

 

Also Read: Kriti: Short Film Review

Akshara Haasan

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