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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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Shraddha Raut

Dreamer- above all else; I like to read, sleep and overthink, in that order. You'll find me obsessing over Harry Potter, seas, moon, and window seats. If you are as fascinated by The God Of Small Things as me, we can be friends.

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