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The East Wind: Short Film Review

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The East Wind: Short Film Review

Cast: Robin Das.

Director: Shishir Jha.

Language: Hindi.

Genre: Drama.

Channel: Humaramovie (YouTube Channel).

Release Date: 10th September 2019.

Synopsis:

An old man, seemingly recently widowed, and in mourning, continues with his life, and suffering in constant loneliness due to the loss of his precious companionship. Life seems to have come to a halt, but the world continues to move ahead.  

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  • The East Wind signifies the arrival of a weather that is cold and rainy. It also comes to signify loss and destruction in various mythologies. The eponymous short film seems to focus on similar themes, in this case, the old man’s misery and melancholy, after the loss of his loved one, yet also points out that these winds also tend to provide sustenance through rain.
  • The old man’s solitude is evident in the short film. Robin Das has done a brilliant job at portraying the emotions of a heartbroken and lonely man.
  • The cinematography is excellent, and elements such as beautiful wide landscapes, the scenery, the momentary villages that pay no heed to the old man, the camera angles and movements, all of these deftly show that the lonely old man is unwilling and unable to move ahead in life, as he continues to aimlessly wander in this fast-moving world.
  • The composition and the soundtrack effortlessly set the mood of the short film, and bring forth the gloominess of the man’s mind.
  • The short film is minimalist in its nature, without any dramatization, and only one character in focus, while also capturing larger-than-life imagery to show what it intends to. It speaks a lot without using words.
  • It may seem that there’s no story in it, but the man’s feelings, emotions, and his seemingly aimless wandering in life is the short film’s story, and it succeeds in portraying that.

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  • Not a thing.

Bottom Line:

A minimalistic tale of melancholy and solitude. Worth a watch if you like good cinematography.

Trivia:

  • Robin Das has been a part of films like Mary Kom, Bollywood Diaries, In the Shadows, The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb, etc.
  • Shishir Jha was a writer and director for the film Shuruaat ka Interval, as well as the short films, Te Amo and August.

Watch The Short Film Here: 

Also Read: The Perfect Match: Short Film Review

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