That Man In The Picture: Short Film Review
Cast: Raghubir Yadav, Alka Amin, Tushar Bakshi.
Director: Gaurav Sharma.
Channel: Eros Now.
Release Date: 10th June 2019.
It’s a regular morning at the Joshi household when the morning news reports about a terrible crime where two guys on a motorcycle harassed and killed a girl, in the wide open. On a more shocking note though, the camera, which caught the footage, also shows an unidentifiable man standing in the corner- a witness to the crime, who could have saved the girl’s life. And the witness is none other than our regular Mr. Joshi. As the world around him bashes the faceless man in the picture, irony and Karma join hands in Mr. Joshi’s path to redemption.
- An extremely simplistic yet profound piece, That Man In The Picture is a portrayal of what is wrong in the technologically advanced society of today. In the world where your every move is under surveillance, where people would rather record a tragedy than help, the short film hits the nail right in head.
- Joshi is the uncle-next-door; a regular guy who is living the mediocre office life to make the ends meet at home. One evening though it all changes when inadvertently he witnesses a murder of a girl, while he stands there petrified. His “crime” is recorded on the camera, and as he listens to people around him curse and bash the man in the shadows (him) – more than the actual perpetrators – he does everything in his power to assuage the guilt and regret he feels. And he gets his redemption- in a way that leaves you laughing and empathizing with Mr. Joshi.
- That Man In The Picture is an unflinching piece on reality that is eerily relatable and relevant. We have all been witness to that one event- no matter how small- where we should have done something, but didn’t because fear and insecurity held us back. Joshi is the embodiment of that moment.
- The dark comedy of the short film conveys the serious issue with a light yet powerful impact. The background music perfectly captures the various tones of the film.
- Raghubir Yadav catches the nuances of his character to the T, making you both critical and sympathetic of him. Haunted by his inaction, Joshi tries to cover up his tracks and make up for the remorse he feels in every possible way, which ironically pays him back in the exact manner. Raghubir justifies Mr. Joshi perfectly.
- The end sequence is a nice mischievous and shrewd bit that amplifies the entire message of the film.
- Not a thing.
That Man In The Picture is a piece that sneaks up on you and hits you where it matters in a light yet firm way. Definitely a must watch.
- That Man In The Picture had a world premiere at the Dallas Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival, 2019.
- Raghubir Yadav made his digital debut with Netflix’s feature film Love Per Square Foot.
- Alka Amin could be seen in web series such as YFilms’ Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa and Amazon Prime’s Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare, and in the Voot Original short film Maya.
Watch the Trailer Here:
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