Sepia: Short Film Review
Starring Aparshakti Khurana and Sapna Pabbi, Large Short Films’ latest film, Sepia, is a tale of modern love and its old connection. Is it perfect? Here’s the review for you!
Cast: Sapna Pabbi, Aparshakti Khurana.
Director: Archit Kumar.
Language: English, Hindi.
Genre: Romantic Drama.
Channel: Large Short Film (YouTube).
Release Date: 10th December 2019.
Ruhhaan and Kavya. Two people in love engaged to be married. Moved in together to make a home for themselves. Ruhhaan is an up and coming actor while Kaavya is a journalist. Every relationship has its moments- the good and the bad. But what starts as a lovers’ tiff between these two makes them realize how so far apart they are from each other, how they want things they can’t provide to each other. Will they be able to hold onto their love, remember what brought them together in the first place? Or will they let go?
- Sepia picks at one of the many shades of love, through Ruhhaan and Kaavya’s Ruhhaan is a firm believer in stars and signs of the Universe, while Kaavya prides herself in being a conscientious person, a crusader for women empowerment. The calm to Ruhhaan’s chaos, they are as opposite from each other as lovers can get. After all, as they say, “Opposites attract.” They compromise in the name of love, but rationale has to take the stand at least once in a while over heart’s desires. It is ironic what turns out to be the reason for their fight is the reason that binds them together- fate.
- Sepia gives you a wholesome experience of a movie with its graph of storytelling, complete with a song. It sneaks in the twist that is to come early in empathetically, so when it makes a complete circle to the conclusion you don’t feel mislead with surprises pulled out of the bag.
- Love is a feeling, an experience, which can be portrayed in all colours and shades. Archit Kumar decides to explore it in Sepia, and not in the way it usually is. Colour palette plays an important part in portraying an emotion of the film, setting up the mood for the story. Ruhhaan and Kaavya’s story is shaped by these colours brilliantly. Commonly used to denote nostalgia prominently, sepia is also used to convey struggle, a conflict. The short film is divided in two spectrums- when the couple fights or reminisces about good old times, you see it in the muted tones of sepia, while the sequences where their love and understanding for each other shines through are bright and highly saturated.
- We’ve seen Aparshakti make the most of his time in all his films, and Sapna is not any different. Considering Sepia is a romantic drama, they somehow fail to create a connection between their characters- their fights, disagreements, tender moments all lack the energy and chemistry that makes you yearn for the characters to overcome their differences and just be together. You don’t get invested in their relationship, because you can’t get into the story and its dynamics. Though the actors try their hardest, the script falls short on the depth and emotion front. It follows the 3-act structure of storytelling to the point, taking special care to hone the craft, but not the art.
Sepia is a typical tale of love between the opposites, bound together beautifully by the elusive thing called fate.
- Sepia marks Archit Kumar’s directorial debut. He has been the assistant director for various films such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tiger Zinda Hai, and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, among others.
- Sepia was first premiered at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
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