Gulab Jamun | Short Film Nominee

Short Film Nominee January 3, 2022

Gulab Jamun

By Saatvik Yadav with 6.8

drama · Short Films · hindi

The film offers a powerful comment on the oppressive structures of casteism, and class politics in India. Without overtly expressing any of these, the film uses something as inane as dessert, a gulab jamun, as a metaphor that would ensure all its intentions are portrayed and conveyed without a grain of doubt.

In the process, violence and brutal acts are invoked within the film, pronouncing the message about the hegemony of predominant power structures in Indian society. The endeavor is further bolstered by skilled camerawork that boasts of seemingly long single-takes and performances marked by sincerity.

The final result shows authentic storytelling and offers a glimpse into a disturbing reality which can perhaps be explored further as a longer project. Needless to stay, the narrative itself is a notable one, leaving the door open for more engagement with similar thematic concerns, and their explorations vis-a-vis the most unexpected, and therefore, refreshing metaphors.
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