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Juice : Short Film Review

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Cast: Shefali Shah, Manish Chaudhari
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Channel: LargeShort Films
Release Date: 22 November 2017

Synopsis: Mr. Singh and his wife Manju host a small get to gather in their house where the men are busy boozing and talking about the world while Manju along with the wives of the men is slogging in the hot kitchen to keep the party going on for the men. Juice Short film focuses on the gender differences in a middle-class background where a struggling woman meets all end to keep everything right but doesn’t get her due.

Yay!

  • Juice speaks about a large issue at its core — internal patriarchy and deep-rooted misogyny that is relevant to every middle-class Indian home. The topic in itself is a winner.
  • Shefali Shah’s performance as a suppressed yet determined wife is towering above everything else. She emotes primarily through her expressions and with minimal dialogue.
  • The clever usage of background score seeps during the final seconds, just as Manju is about to explode and in the climax is hair-raising and gives the perfect hard-hitting impact
  • The film’s feel is very organic to the middle-class households in India. The lived-in nature of the home, the thoughtful production design, the costumes, the conversations; make you feel at home.
  • The climax steals the show and makes a statement instantly. It is perhaps the strongest scene of the film.
  • Although the short film portrays a message that has been presented many times before, the brilliance with which Juice portrays the complexities of being a woman in a patriarchal world is unique. It puts forth the idea that rebellion alone does not always work – confidence and realization are all you need to grab the much-deserved equality.

Nay!

  • The ending is left ambiguous and open-ended

Bottom-line:

Juice is a must watch for its screenplay, direction, and Shefali Shah’s stellar performance.

Trivia:

  • draft of the film was called “Get Together” later it was changed to “Juice”
  • Juice won the Filmfare Award for Best Short Film while Shefali Shah won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress
  • Neeraj Ghaywan is the acclaimed director of Masaan (2015)
  • Shefali Shah has said in an interview that just before the last shot, director Neeraj Ghaywan came to her with headphones and said he wanted to me hear something. It was a very strong piece of music from Kill Bill (Italian composer Ennio Morricone ‘L’Arena’), from the scene where she’s buried inside the coffin and she’s scratching the wood to get out. After that musical exchange, nothing else was required to can the final fierce shot.

 

Also Read: The Thought of You: Short Film Review

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