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Toyhouse: Short Film Review


Toyhouse: Short Film Review

Cast: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Swanand Kirkire.

Director: Akram Hassan.

Language: Hindi.

Genre: Drama.

Channel: Large Short Films (YouTube).

Release Date: 20th February 2019.


Ram, a watchmen in the city, is driven by the grief of his daughter’s death and regret of not giving her enough time, due to the incessant need of fulfilling hers and his family’s needs. The enlightenment of Ram takes a twisted turn, giving a glimpse into our dreary reality.


  • In the world of capitalism and materialism, the definition of basic necessities have changed. We run behind things which don’t really matter, and it’s too late before we realize it. Toyhouse focuses on such issue of one’s identity against the rising importance of money. How we dream of glass ceilings, and forget about the realities surrounding us. The whole film is a metaphor of human who have become toys, played by those in the position of power and riches.
  • Toyhouse subtly touches on topics such as how the industrialists hog the farmers’ land without any benefit in return, creating mirages of a better and perfect world, how the poor keep chasing one dream after another while the rich become more rich. All these bigger issues are shadowed by Ram, a watchman in the city, and his anger and frustration at the situation he doesn’t have any control over.
  • Swanand Kirkire, the powerhouse of talent, is brilliant in his portrayal as the mirage we all run after, the image of perfection. The poem, written and recited by him, sums up the entire short film succinctly, doing justice to the plot. Ayyub has done an equally amazing job as a helpless, enraged common man, fed up with his circumstances, trying to find a way out of the labyrinth.
  • The low, cool lightening of the film, giving it a noir vibe, supports the tone of the storyline perfectly. Accompanied by the constant elevating and melancholic background score, the film draws you right in with its sombre and chilling depiction.
  • There’s not a single moment in the short film where you lose connection with the characters and the story, from the start till the end credits, you are all in, left with a bone-chilling dread of the reality that surrounds us.


  • Not a single thing.

Bottom Line:

A powerful take on the unsettling reality we live in, unaware of what it costs, until it’s too late.


  • Toyhouse was screened at the Short Film Corner of the prestigious Festival De Cannes, in 2017.
  • Swanand Kirkire, not only acted but also co-produced the short film.

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Also Read: Tilt: Short Film Review


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Shraddha Raut

Dreamer- above all else; I like to read, sleep and overthink, in that order. You'll find me obsessing over Harry Potter, seas, moon, and window seats. If you are as fascinated by The God Of Small Things as me, we can be friends.

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