SHORTS is an amalgamation of five minds and five stories. Produced by Anurag Kashyap in collaboration with Guneet Monga, the film is a rollercoaster of emotions. Angst is the overriding emotion in the characteristically Anurag Kashyap out-of-the-boxfilm.
There is a passionate, forceful depiction of the underbelly life in thriving metropolises. The textures are earthy, slice-of-life and racy or sleepy, depending on the demand of the narrative. Each character represents an emotion and a background that sets it apart from the others. The film has five distinct tracks from five different directors.
There are grim, haunting faces of the actors and a pace that just keeps you glued to the screen even if you are cringing inwardly (only because you are empathizing with the character or situation) at what is being shown on screen. This collage of short movies attempts to bring in a new way of storytelling: There is the Shlok Sharma-directed, Sujata, where you are brought up, close and personal with a young girl tormented by her cousin and the extreme step she takes when there seems to be no other way out.
The second shortie by Siddharth Gupt - The Epilogue - is bizarre and chronicles the lowest point in the relationship of a couple where one wants full control and the other just wants out.
Anirbhan Roy’s Audacity is all about a teenager’s rebellion against her father’s tyranny.
The abstractly eerie Mehfuz, directed by Rohit Pandey is the tale of a man who’s only reason to live is to see that the dead get a decent cremation.
SHORTS culminates with Shor, which is directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. The frustrated, unemployed husband and the wife who is forced to provide for the family find closure in the midst of all the mental noise that has clouded their thinking.
SHORTS hovers between the dark and the noir genre of films. Replete with raw human emotions such as pain, angst, horror, longing and the depravity of the human heart, SHORTS is not for the faint hearted, in fact, a couple of stories may make you recoil with horror or even thankful for your lot in life!
SHORTS features some old favourites from producer Anurag Kashyap’s films (most notably (Gangs of Wasseypur) like Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Vineet Singh, Huma Qureshi and Satya Anand. The rest of the cast also features Shweta Tripathi, Aaditii Khanna, Preeti Singh, Sankar Debnath, Arjun Srivastav, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and Amardeep Jha. Needless to say the entire cast and crew are as brilliant as expected. The 3.5 star SHORTS forms a cohesive whole despite the myriad montages of characters that seem easily identifiable if you care to look in your everyday life.