STORY: An anthology of six short films that explore the theme of ‘twists’ in the narrative and its various interpretations.
REVIEW: There is always more to a story than meets the eye. Shuruaat ka twist decodes that aspect of stories and storytelling through six unique short films made across genres. The shorts are made by a bunch of new directors. Some of them have been mentored by Raju Hirani, Raj Kumar Gupta, Amit Masurkar & Vikramaditya Motwane.
While a few stories truly stick to the theme and manage to leave the desired impact within their limited duration, some drag and fail to strike a chord.
Praveen Fernandes’ Tap Tap starring Chunky Panday tells the story of a has-been music director, who is a shadow of his former self. His last shot at reviving his glorious past is interrupted by a constant tapping sound from an upstairs apartment. What follows is a clever twist to the tale that tickles your imagination. Crisp and cathartic, Tap Tap is an interesting blend of suspense, redemption, failure and introspection. It’s refreshing to see Chunky Panday doing ample justice to a non-comedy character which courageously shows a mirror to his real self. Gaurav Malani’s dialogues are provocative and filmy but never over the top, which works.
Unable to sleep, a patient seeks help of a psychiatrist who believes fear cannot take life. Things change when the tables turn. Hanish Kalia’s psychological thriller Khauff, starring the talented Amit Sial stands out for its terrific acting, concept (fear of death) and brilliant sound effects. This one clearly takes the cake when it comes to the sound department, psychological tension and jump scares. Khauff keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Heena D’Souza’s heart rending and unhurried Adi Sonal starring the inimitable Neena Gupta is reminiscent of the second story in Ruchika Oberoi’s anthology film Island City (2015), which too revolved around a frustrated housewife and her demanding husband. Tired of being an obedient and sacrificing wife, the woman strangely feels liberated when tragedy strikes. This one struggles with its pace but stands out owing to the performances and concept.
Sanjiv Kishinchandani’s Bhaskar calling is a tragicomedy with an underlying commentary on old age, loneliness, and pressure on tele marketers to make those annoying cold calls. A tad predictable, this one works for the mood it creates and message it sends across — deal with one day at a time.
Avalokita’s Gutthi makes an intimate observation about growing apart and what break up with a friend feels like. As much as this had the potential to be interesting, it’s way too self indulgent for your liking.
Gaurav Mehra’s Guddu, the last short in the anthology, is an LGBTQ love story that sees love as love. Despite the strong message, lacklustre execution and poor writing makes this one the most uninteresting short of the lot.
Running over 2 hours, though a tad exhausting, if you like moody anthology films, you can watch this battle of the twists — some metaphoric, some literal. This one’s definitely twisty and tangy if not terrific.