Producers: Vinay Mishra, Preety Ali and Pallavi Rohatgi
Directors: Rahul V Chittella, Amira Bhargava, Annie Zaidi, Pratik Rajen Kothari, Supriya Sharma, Arunima Sharma, Satish Raj
Cast:: Atul Kulkarni, Sakshi Tanwar, Siddharth Menon, Nandu Madhav, Aayushi Lahiri, Sanjay Mishra, Rasika Dugal, Bobby Parvez, Suchitra Pillai, Pawan Manda Kale, Manjiri V Pupala, Baia Marbaniang
What happens when seven leading filmmakers come together to mentor and usher in a new generation of budding filmmakers? You get an anthology of short films titled Shor Se Shuruaat. Mira Nair, Imtiaz Ali, Homi Adajania, Nagesh Kukunoor, Sriram Raghavan, Zoya Akhtar and Shyam Benegal have mentored newcomers while they made short films based on the theme ‘shor’ (noise).
Whether Imtiaz Ali’s passion for travel which is evident in his films, or Mira Nair’s love for Mumbai city, or Homi Adajania’s eclectic taste, the mentees have mirrored their mentors’ ideologies in their films. The short films in Shor Se Shuruaat have been helmed by filmmakers Rahul V Chittella, Pratik Rajen Kothari, Satish Raj Kasireddi, Amira Bhargava, Supriya Sharma, Annie Zaidi and Arunima Sharma.
Director: Rahul V Chitella
Mentor: Mira Nair
Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Sakshi Tanwar, Siddharth Menon, Nandu Madhav, Aayushi Lahiri.
The film starts with Azad directed by Rahul V Chitella, who was mentored by Mira Nair. The movie talks about the dysfunctional and toxic relationship between a father and a son. The underlying message of the film is to not let hidden voices stifle, just like we shut out noises in the outside world. Both, Atul Kulkarni and Sakshi Tanwar, have delivered terrific performances in this film.
Director: Amira Bhargava
Mentor: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Pawan Manda Kale, ManjiriV. Pupala
The second story is Aamer directed by Amira Bhargava, mentored by Zoya Akhtar. This touching and poignant story tells us about the life of a street kid who is deaf since birth and gets to hear the noises of the outside world for the first time after acquiring a hearing aid. The story is heart-breaking and empowering, at the same time. While you feel sorry for the deaf street child, you can’t help but feel happy as he experiences hearing noises for the first time.
Director: Annie Zaidi
Mentor: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Rasika Dugal, Bobby Parvez and Omkar Kulkarni
Dystopian society is clearly the flavor of the season. The third film, Decibel, directed by Annie Zaidi, mentored by Sriram Raghavan, is set in the future and has a science fiction background. Noise pollution has spun out of control and people are forced to live in a world with minimum noise levels. Our protagonist, a young girl, is desperate to hear ‘noises’ just like those in the ‘olden’ days.
Movie: Hello Hello
Director: Pratik Rajen Kothari
Mentor: Shyam Benegal
Cast: Suchitra Pillai, Jay Upadhyay, Abhishek Pandey, Sahitya Sahay, Suyash Joshi, Surya Rao and Anand Alkunte.
The fourth film is Hello Hello directed by Pratik Rajen Kothari and mentored by veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal. The movie is a satirical take on how ‘noises’ created by advertising companies lure the common man into buying their products. The movie provides some light and comic moments in the otherwise somber and intense anthology. We like the fact that the movie has been strategically placed in the anthology so as to create a balance between the intense and light-hearted shorts.
Director: Supriya Sharma
Mentor: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Maurya and Saurabh Goyal
The movie which truly struck a chord was the one with Sanjay Mishra, who plays a prisoner sentenced to death and is spending the rest of his days in ‘deafening silence’. Dhvani, directed by Supriya Sharma and mentored by Nagesh Kukunoor, is perhaps the best film in the collection. It tells an intense story of a man’s anxiety as he awaits his fate – death by the gallows. The movie has a ground-breaking performance by Sanjay Mishra. His life is surrounded by ‘silence’, except for the ‘noises’, which are the voices of the prison guards talking about his last day.
Movie: Yellow Tin Can Telephone
Director: Arunima Sharma
Mentor: Homi Adajania
Cast: Asimah Mirza, Shikhar Misra
The sixth film, Yellow Tin Can Telephone, directed by Arunima Sharma and mentored by Homi Adajania, is a fantasy tale about two extraordinarily gifted individuals. While the girl has a heightened sense of ‘hearing’, the boy has a heightened sense of ‘ association with colours’. They lead diametrically opposite lives and how they cross paths and eventually fall in love forms the silly, yet well-nuanced story. This movie is little absurd and you will like this film only if you like this genre.
Movie: Mia, I’m
Director: Satish Raj
Mentor: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Baia Marbaniang, Giovanni Arnold Thangkhiew, Eklavey Kashyap, William Richmond Marbaniang, Priam Dkhar, Destina Mawrie, Romeo Kom, Wanri Marwein, Daffy Ioanna and Aisha Ahmed
The last and final film is in English and is titled Mia, I’m. Directed by Satish Raj and mentored by Imtiaz Ali, it deals with emotional trauma. A girl is promised a romantic future but is now confined to a reclusive life due to her emotional unavailability. The movie proves to be motivational as the protagonist is shown taking charge of her life and getting over a traumatic past. It provides solace to many a broken soul. Young people experiencing the angst of broken dreams and hearts will find this film relatable.
Verdict: Worth a dekho!