The Last Chapter: Short Film Review
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Mishti Chakraborty.
Director: Raj Singh Chaudhary.
Language: Hindi, English.
Channel: Large Short Films (YouTube).
Release Date: 10th September 2019.
The Last Chapter is about a journalist and a writer video-blogging about the last chapter of his book on exploited women. The dark and twisted truth revealed by the last interviewee, an escort named Roshni, is powerful enough to destroy all that he has built.
- The Last Chapter begins by introducing the main character (played by Kay Kay Menon), who is talking about getting a Padma Shri for his work and the book on women who have been exploited. It all seems virtuous in the beginning until the bitter part comes out.
- The hypocrisy of the journalist-writer is revealed as he begins to talk to Roshni. He’s revealed to be not very different in his mindset from the men who exploit women. He looks down on them, thinks them as weaklings who are desperate for his help, and pretends to be their (unwanted) ‘knight in shining armor’.
- It goes further downhill as one realizes he does not just want to interview her, but also sleep with her. All this woman emancipation work is a mere façade.
- Kay Kay Menon deserves an applause for his performance, especially at the time of the big reveal as Roshni tells her story. The initial disinterest, then the guilt, discomfort, anguish, all of the emotions are clearly visible on his face.
- Mishti Chakraborty, too, nails it. She presents a brave warrior-like persona, delivers her lines firmly, yet the intensity of her feelings come to be seen as her battle against her life’s largest monster unfolds itself.
- Raj Singh Chaudhary, who has directed as well as written this short film, has done a commendable job. While the buildup is straightforward, the turning point takes you by surprise and shocks you with the depth of Roshni’s
- The story also brings to light the hypocritic nature of modern society, towards women, equal rights, respect, empowerment, as general concepts as well as in the context of sex workers.
- Nary a thing!
An intense and well-presented tale of hypocrisy, revenge, and a past that comes to destroy.
- Raj Singh Chaudhary, writer-director of this short film, is also a known actor, known for his work in films like Kuch Naa Kaho, Black Friday, Gulaal, Antardwand, etc. He has also written No Smoking and Gulaal.
- Mishti Chakraborty made her Bollywood debut with Kaanchi, and was a part of Hindi films like Great Grand Masti, Begum Jaan, and Manikarnika. She has also acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali films.
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