Nawab: Short Film Review
“Large Short Films’ latest short film, Nawab, starring Aparshakti Khurana, is a tale of man who attempts to get rid of his wife’s dog after she dumps him, leaving the dog behind. Here’s what we think about the short film.”
Nawab is a comedy short film that follows a man as he attempts to get rid of the responsibility of his pet dog, Nawab, after he is dumped by his wife and she leaves the dog behind. Nikhil, who does not even know what to do with himself and cannot deal with his marriage falling apart, now has to deal with a big black (adorable) Labrador.
The story starts right into the middle of the breakup. Nikhil is dumped by his wife of four years as they complain about there being nothing left in the marriage anyway. The focus quickly shifts to the dog, Nawab, the center of the story, with both the husband and wife refusing to take his responsibility.
The comic element of the short film takes over as Nikhil tries to shed off the responsibility of the dog from his shoulders, and fails each time. By this point, it’s obvious what the end is going to be, but we’re watching it for the journey.
The series explores animal abandonment on streets and animal shelters as it progresses through Nikhil’s attempts at getting rid of the dog, giving lessons on grief, rejection, loss, as well as companionship, without moving away from its core essence of amusement and entertainment.
Nikhil and Nawab are both reflections of each other’s situation in life – being unwanted and needing some sort of companionship for survival. The mutual need between the two results in Nikhil finding solace in the dog after his realization of abandonment at the animal center – giving a nod to the companionship, unconditional love, and loyalty one finds in a dog.
There’s a lack of emotional impact in the short film. We don’t really feel for any of the characters – no matter how bleak the situation seems to be. Usually, we would feel grief if a character talks about wanting to end their life, but here, nothing – the story fails to evoke any empathy from the audience. There’s a nonchalance in the way emotions are dealt with in the short film, and it feels strange overall, considering how important of a role emotion plays in a story like this.
The short film gives a nod to the sweet companionship of a dog in a person’s life, but goes amiss with the effectiveness and emotional impact that its story requires.
Aparshakti Khurana is the younger brother of popular Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana. He made his Bollywood debut with Dangal, and has worked in several films such as Badrinath Ki Dulhaniyan, Stree, Rajma Chawal, Lukka Chuppi, Bala, and recently, Street Dancer.
Mansi Jain has also worked on other acclaimed short films such as Everything is Fine and Chhuri.
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