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Red Velvet: Short Film Review


Red Velvet: Short Film Review

Cast: Sayani Gupta, Manu Rishi Chaddha, Rajshri Deshpande, and Jermaine Coutinho.

Director: Dikssha Jyote Routray.

Language: Hindi.

Genre: Thriller, Drama.

Channel: Voot.

Release Date: 22nd February 2019.


Shalmali, a writer, is visited by her curious, new neighbour, who insists that she tell her a story of her own. But is it really a story or a disturbing tale of reality?


  • Red Velvet is a story that leaves you in conflict- you don’t want to believe that it is real, but all things indicate that it is.
  • Sayani Gupta plays her character Shalmali Bhalla to perfection. Shalmali is a grey character, who is fed up of her situation, and when push comes to shove, opts to choose the lesser evil. But again, does she, really? Or is it just a story, a ploy to get rid of the annoying neighbour? The ambiguousness of the film is its attraction point and Sayani perfectly adapts it.
  • The supporting actors, Manu, Rajshri and Jermaine, have also done a commendable job at portraying their respective characters to compliment the plot. Manu’s character, especially stands out besides Sayani’s, the suppressed aggression ad cruelty exposed in a controlled manner, that is so impactful.
  • The plot progresses in a way that creates an anticipation as to where it will lead, concluding on a shocking twist.


  • Unless you don’t favour vague storylines, there’s nothing stopping you from watching this short film.

Bottom Line:

A spine-chilling tale of marriage that will leave you in a state of doubt long after you’re done watching it.


  • Jermaine Coutinho can be seen in the short film Bicycle.
  • Rajshri Deshpande is known for her role in Netflix’s Sacred Games as Subhadra, Ganesh Gaitonde’s
  • Manu Chaddha could also be seen in Ishq Ki Googly, another short film from Voot’s Shortcuts.

Watch The Short Film Here: https://www.voot.com/shows/shortcuts/1/749303/red-velvet/755194

Also Read: Maya: Short Film Review


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