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Short Film of the Day December 4, 2020


By Prannoy Mehta with 6.9

drama · Short Films · hindi

During the coronavirus lockdown, we have all had at least that one friend who somehow found it possible to turn themselves into productivity machines. Things would have been perfectly alright up until this point if only they had not chosen to share their enthusiasm with the rest of the world as well by means of a social media onslaught.

Then came the culinary experts who swore to flood our lives with every little attempt of chopping an onion. And yet, one could have contended themselves in the name of the various emotional pressures that our 'new normal', as the internet loved to call it, put so many of us under, leaving everyone with whatever coping mechanisms they could grasp at. However, just when you thought it's all over, we had our former lovers' Instagram feed to endlessly scroll through.

The short film is a weaving together of all of these characters and the resultant emotions and situations (and more) in a lighthearted, humorous manner. While it makes you laugh, it further goes the extra step of using fast-paced, smooth visuals to portray it all. Stylistically, the film earns extra points for its energetic and skilled camerawork and edit, at the same time engaging with concerns of mental health and the manner in which it has come to be tied with our quarantined and confined reality all along.
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