Fatafat: Short Film Review
Director: Parijat Joshi.
Release Date: 1st April, 2019.
Kumar Vishwas is a struggling call center employee, who is going through a rough time in his life. He is always anxious and frustrated. One night on the way home, he meet a local salesman on bus who is selling pills that promise you an inner bout of patience. Kumar, who is dire need of it, buys the expensive pills. As he realises the pill actually works, he gets addicted to the rush. And so begins the quest for patience, and the question that remains is: how long and far will he reach?
- Fatafat is an entertaining, quirky piece that will leave you with a small, ironic smile at the end. It focuses on what is known as the placebo effect, where the belief of the person in the particular method or product, works as a cure, rather than the method or the product itself.
- Kumar is a person who is easily affected by the situations around him, letting it control and fetter him, resulting into an anxious, irritating existence. So when he finds a solution in forms of pills, he eagerly grabs onto it, believing that it will help him, not realising at the moment that it’s his mentality towards it that helps and not actually the pill.
- For those of you who don’t know, Fatafat are the ayurvedic digestive pills that were big rage in the 80s and 90s. The tangy, lasting taste of it turned it into more of munching toffees than used for the medicinal purpose it was intended for. When Kumar realises that the salesman was a fraud that sales 10 bucks worth Fatafat pills as some magical, rare, and expensive calming remedy, he has the ‘Eureka’ moment and realises that it’s all in his mind. He, and the viewers, can’t help but laugh at the stupidity of it all.
- Fatafat is a simplistic drama that follows a simple common man and his simple life problems, that somehow feel like the biggest hurdles. You need a single push to rise above it and see it for what it is, and life becomes a bit easier. Fatafat portrays it sublimely, with the help of Divyenndu’s amazing performance. His Kumar Vishwas is a helpless, lost man who is trying to find his footing, and Divyenndu does justice to the character with his acting.
- The beauty of this short and sweet film lies in its execution; after all the concept of sudden, life-changing enlightenment is something that has been hashed so many times in movies and literature. But Fatafat puts it forth in an extraordinarily simple and subtle manner, without any dramatic or exaggerating emphasis, that makes it that much more real and believable.
- The original soundtrack and music used in the film aptly reinforces the casual and breezy feel of the film, blending in, yet standing out.
- Not a thing.
Fatafat is as fast and as effective as its title suggests; a sudden piece of work that has a swift effect on the viewers. Worth a watch.
- Divyenndu Sharma has previously worked in various short films such as El’ayichi, The Virgins, and Surprise. He is popularly known for his role in Amazon Prime’s crime drama, Mirzapur, and will be seen in Applause Entertainment’s Salt City.
- Ishteyak Khan, the memorable Autowala from the movie Tamasha, was previously seen on web in short films namely, The Lock, and Prem Gajra Ani Chilli Chicken.
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