Shorts (2013 film)

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Shorts
Directed by Shlok Sharma
Siddharth Gupt
Anirban Roy
Rohit Pandey
Neeraj Ghaywan
Produced by Anurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Huma Qureshi
Richa Chadda
Vineet Kumar Singh
Satya Anand
Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
Shweta Tripathi
Aaditii Khanna
Preeti Singh
Murari Kumar
Arjun Srivastava
Music by Jaidev Kumar
Production
company
Distributed by PVR Pictures
Release date
  • 12 July 2013 (2013-07-12)
Country India
Language Hindi

Shorts[1] is a compilation of five short films directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Vasan Bala, Anubhuti Kashyap (Anurag Kashyap's sister[2]), Shlok Sharma and Gitanjali Rao.[3] The five short films titled Sujata, Mehfuz, Audacity, Epilogue, and Shor were released on 12 July 2013.[4][5]

The Gangs of Wasseypur trio – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi and Richa Chadda- teamed up again for the anothology co-produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap,[6] also featuring newcomers Murari Kumar, Arjun Srivasava, Satya Anand, Vineet Kumar Singh, Preeti Singh and Ratnabali.[7][8][9][10][11]

Synopsis[edit]

Sujata directed by Shlok Sharma

Starring: Huma Qureshi, Shweta Tripathi, Satya Anand and Aditya Kumar

Sujata is a riveting tale of a young girl, who is struggling to come out of the clutches of her tormenting cousin brother. At a very young age, she is forced to live with her cousin and his family. Herein, begins a life of incessant harassment by her cousin brother. Even as an adult she lives in the shadow of fear. For years, she changes addresses and identities in the hope of finding freedom; but each time he hunts her down. Neither the police, nor the NGOs are able to help her. Pushed to a corner, she decides to take the extreme step.

Mehfuz directed by Rohit Pandey

Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Aditi Khanna

In an ambiguous space and time. The city has turned mad, as violence has taken its toll. But, far away in the sounds of silence at the border of the town, a man takes care of all the death around. He drags away this usual routine with every passing night. One night, he notices a strange woman wandering on empty streets. As her behaviour changes, so does his journey.

Audacity directed by Anirban Roy

Starring Preeti Singh, Sankar Debnath and Kanchan Mullick

A thirteen-year-old girl has her first real confrontation with authority when her father forbids her to play the American dance music she loves. When she decides to take revenge, the situation escalates to become a neighbourhood scandal. A dark comedy about parental authority, teenage rebellion, curry, whiskey, and house music.

"Epilogue" directed by Siddharth Gupta

Starring: Richa Chaddha and Arjun Shrivastav A relationship that has already fallen apart and is just about to snap. It describes the love and intimacy, the entangling of two lives and the completely symbiotic nature of a couple. It reflects the possessiveness control isolation, depression and desperation that a relationship can lead to, representing a cycle that needs to be broken to keep sane.

Shor directed by Neeraj Ghaywan

Starring: Vineet Kumar Singh and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Lallan and Meena, a couple from Banaras, are consumed by their pursuit to survive in the city of Mumbai. Meena takes up a job in a sewing factory. One day over a phone call, they find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption. It takes the darkest hour of our life, the fear of death, to regain our consciousness back in to life. To find the beauty that is lost in our relentless angst towards an unyielding life.

Cast[edit]

Critical Response[edit]

Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India gave it 2.5 stars out of 5 and stated that the film is poignant and touching, with excellent performances.[12] Rediff gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.[13] Hindustan Times critic stated that Shorts is breathtaking to borderline bizarre[14] Mid-Day stated that Shorts is a unique experiment, which deserves an applause.[15] According to LiveMint critic, "Shorts is an omnibus of vignettes about urban living."[16] Deccan Chronicle rated it 4 out of 5 stars.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shorts Movie: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda, Trailer". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's sister refuses his film?". The Times of India. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shorts hasn't been made for box office: Huma Qureshi : Bollywood, News". India Today. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "First look: Anurag Kashyap's Shorts : Bollywood, News". India Today. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Anurag Kashyap to mentor and co-produce another string of short films". Mid-day.com. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "PIX: Anurag Kashyap and team unveil Shorts – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "'SHORTS' trailer: Kashyap's award winning short films in one movie – IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's next 'Shorts' – First Look". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Young directors add to the characters: Nawazuddin Siddiqui – IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "We haven't made 'Shorts' for the box office, says Huma Qureshi – IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Short films will redefine Indian cinema future: Anurag Kashyap". Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Shorts Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Review: Shorts is worth a watch – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Critics' review: Shorts is breathtaking to borderline bizarre". Hindustan Times. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Movie review: 'Shorts'". Mid-day.com. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Nandini Ramnath (12 July 2013). "Film Review | Shorts". Livemint.com. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130718105252/http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130712/entertainment-movie-reviews/article/shorts-review-quite-few-grief-encounters. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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