A Star­tling Rev­e­la­tion

Citadel - - REVIEW -

AMIDST COM­MER­CIAL CINEMA, MASTER­PIECE DIRECTORIALS OF­TEN GO UN­NO­TICED! THIS MONTH, GUEST WRITER SHRI­RAM IYER, AN IN­STRU­MEN­TA­TION EN­GI­NEER BY PRO­FES­SION AND MOVIE BUFF BY PAS­SION, BRINGS YOU THE BEST EL­E­MENTS OF THE SHORT FILM, BOM­BAY MIR­ROR.

Direc­tor Shlok Sharma bril­liantly brings to the au­di­ence, char­ac­ters that are en­tirely driven by the plot and the un­pre­dictabil­ity of hu­man na­ture when faced with communal and re­li­gious be­liefs! Start­ing off with sounds that con­front us with the busy streets of Mumbai and open­ing up to the sounds of the sprin­kler at a lo­cal shav­ing shop, the short-film takes off with Sha­keel en­ter­ing the sa­lon for a quick trim. Ex­chang­ing pleas­antries with Ramesh, Sha­keel talks of his in­ter­view sched­uled for the day. Ramesh is quick to re­call the con­ver­sa­tion he has had with Sha­keel’s mother the pre­vi­ous day show­cas­ing their friendly ties. While Ramesh is prod­ding Sha­keel to show erotic videos that they had seen to­gether in one of their regular meets, Sha­keel pushes him to get started with his work while smirk­ing through­out! A still very jovial Ramesh, who sets the blade to give a good shave, is en­coun­tered by a mob ur­gently ask­ing both to stay put, leav­ing them anx­ious and per­turbed. The very next sec­ond, a fight show­ing communal fric­tion is seen wherein a com­mu­nity brethren of Ramesh is mer­ci­lessly killed! Wit­ness­ing this bru­tal kill trig­gers off some­thing within Ramesh that leaves the au­di­ence al­most want­ing to stop him from tak­ing the pre­dictable next step! A shrewd and ef­fec­tive change of mu­sic, de­pict­ing a dras­tic change of emo­tions, leaves the au­di­ences’ hearts rac­ing! A sit­u­a­tion where Ramesh is about to slit Sha­keel’s throat to avenge his brethren’s death, a help­less Sha­keel is seen try­ing to stop him from tak­ing the ex­treme mea­sure. In a scene that truly leaves all ut­terly be­wil­dered, see for your­self if Ramesh can re­sist the im­pulse to slits Sha­keel’s throat. Will he go to the aid of his dy­ing brethren? What will he dis­cover then? Watch the highly im­pact­ful film to find out the star­tling truth that Ramesh dis­cov­ers at the end of the film. Fol­lowed by a deaf­en­ing si­lence, the cli­max leaves ev­ery­one ut­terly shocked! This sure is one great short-film that makes for an im­mensely grat­i­fy­ing view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A few concise min­utes can, at times, stay with you for a life­time… Bom­bay Mir­ror is one such short film to watch out for!

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