An omnibus of seven short films has arrived with seven
renowned directors mentoring each independent segment. The one link that binds
this collection together is the theme word, Sound.
You can’t silence his voice, is the essence of Awaaz, mentored by Mira Nair and directed
by Rahul V Chittella. Even if the father-son equation is a tad predictable in
it, restrained Atul Kulkarni as rebel columnist Awaaz makes it watchable.
Sakshi Tanwar efficiently pitches in as wife Zainab, the conduit between father
Mentor Zoya Akhtar’s Amer is directed by Amira Bhargava. 10-year-old hearing impaired
Amer is cheerful. Does it get better when he can finally hear the sounds and
noises around him?
Sriram Raghavan mentors Annie Zaidi’s Decibel which envisages a decibel-controlled
state. If you can’t sleep and yearn for normal sounds of birds and buses,
you’re a rebel.
Shyam Benegal’s Hello
Hello directed by Pratik Rajen Kothari increases the volume of telecom
companies and their sales pitch with a little twist.
Character artiste Sanjay Mishra plays a convict on the
death row who’s being asked his last meal in Dhvani which is mentored by Nagesh Kukunoor and directed by Supriya
Sharma. Is the convict’s impending fate better than the sounds around him?
Tin Can Telephone by mentor Homi Adajania and
director Arunima Sharma spotlights a heightened sense of colour and sound which
can be cacophonous.
My favourite is the short and telling Mia I’m mentored by Imtiaz Ali and
directed by Raj Kaireddi. It’s all said with just one sentence at
There’s humour, social comment, quirks, the works in
this 2-hour omnibus. Take a ride, it’s worth checking out the diverse
perspectives that come out in these short stories.
For a novel experience which is astonishing for how
much can be told in so short a while, Shor
Se Shuruat gets a 3* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author