16 January, 2021

Bollywood’s Haiku Bloom

Crisp, nuanced and noticeable, short films are much in vogue

Tiny Troves
Ahalya
Bollywood’s Haiku Bloom
outlookindia.com
2018-06-11T14:38:40+05:30

For Nagraj Manjule, making Pawsacha Nibandha (An Essay of the Rain) was a long overdue dream, one that was realised only after he had made Sairat. Why a short film after a phenomenal full-length hit, one may well ask. Such interrogations could be missing the point completely. “I think short films are a completely different language,” says FTII alumnus Payal Kap­adia, whose 13-minute short film, Aft­ernoon Clouds, competed at Cannes last year. “They are perhaps closer to poetry than the longer format. It is like comparing a poem to a novel rat­her than a short story. The approach is totally different. I don’t really see it as a means to an end but an end in ­itself.”

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