We, at T5E, have taken the liberty to review this year’s SFM entries for LitSoc. As the number of budding film makers keeps on growing in insti, we showcase the very best.
Update: Added Narmad’s video for the competition.
Based a popular concept, Godav’s entry tells the tale of a 100 rupee note as it makes its way through the chain of vices afflicting human society. Although not a montage in the strictest sense, it certainly resembles one with its closely-knit shots of various scenes connected only by the note’s journey. The things to watch out for are the compelling background narration and the excellent camera work which ends up stealing most of the attention.
For a strong LitSoc contender, Alak’s entry is surprisingly populist. The film begins with a series of confusing incidents which later develops into a treasure hunt. The hunt spans across Chennai and goes as far as Mahabalipuram. The numerous twists and turns are bound to keep you engaged. The ending is eventful, although not completely unexpected. The hallmark of this flick is the ubiquitous air of mystery.
Through the mind and heart of an invalid, this story is out of the ordinary. Although the acting wasn’t telling enough, the narration and screenplay stole the show. Impuissance, contemplation and paranoia were well portrayed. The depiction of the protagonists search for consciousness, the strange yet surprising insight into his dream are admirable. Though not as exciting as the opening promises it would be, the storyline is thought provoking. A good watch if you are looking for uniqueness with respect to the plot.
Tambi’s The Unknown Citizen begins with a scrolling poem of the same name by W.H.Auden. Catering to infracaninophiles, this film tries to capture the spirit of the struggling underdog. Stuck in the wrong place and in a hostile society, the protagonist’s deep anguish has been well portrayed. The film has an enormous visual appeal, with the haunting tap scene and the flickering light scene (which inadvertently lends a psychedelic feel).
This is a humble attempt at the dead genre of silent comedy. The plot is hard to follow given the redundant background music and the sepia tint throughout. The camera rarely moves but the actors exhibit a flurry of activity, which creates an air of comedy. Although a genuine attempt, the film might not be able to sustain your attention.
Ganga (3rd place)
Unlike most short films, Ganga’s entry tries to entertain the viewer in its own refreshing lighthearted manner. All the cinematographic efforts have been directed at entertaining the viewer, to much success. It does away with most of the noir-inspired seriousness usually found in competitions like these. With its not-so-simple plot and numerous comic scenes, it is a good way to kill ten minutes.
Tapti (2nd place)
This is a quintessential insti short film, revolving around themes like murder, betrayal and suicide. It showcases the fragility of life as it follows the protagonist’s descent into ruin. The background music used when depicting this was borrowed from A Requiem for a Dream, which focuses on a similar theme. The lead actor’s performance was commendable as where the spectacular sports scenes.
Mandak (1st place)
This story of retaliation, love and suicide , cliche as it can be, does strike a chord at the end. Savvy cinematography, vivid screenplay and excellent performance by the leads – all this put together, this is a good film to watch. At one point, you start to wonder if the storyline is Memento inspired but then, it takes a totally different turn. It attempts to blend in suspense, emotions and terror but all the same, remains quotidian at certain points.