It would not be wrong to say that the past 2 years have seen the rise and rise of the short film. From digesting limited edition series on Netflix to unending episodes (past the 35 episode landmark) of Pakistani dramas, short films seem to have struck a happy chord with many viewers. Why? Because they give us a chance to step into a different world for just 10 or max 20-30 minutes and still come up with a story that is longer than an Instagram reel, shorter than your average drama, and yet, meaningful, or laughable enough to instigate instant conversations or a mood lift!
This is precisely why short films are somewhat of a rage with filmmakers, actors and now, audiences too! So, let’s give you our top 5 of the year (in no particular order). If you missed them, start watching now, because December is another name for catch-up TV!
1. Daughter By Law
The short film, second from Digestive Showtime hits the right ‘viewing’ spot. After a ‘spot on’ first film Yorker with Wahaj Ali, the channel’s second release also resonates with millennials; our parents, grandparents & everyone who has lived in a desi family setup in Pakistan or India will agree.
Watch it to get a light take on a very heavy relationship!
Ah well, where shall we begin? On the surface, it seems like a simple story but with each second the complexity entangles the viewer as they get completely engrossed in the electrifying exchange of words between these two characters who are totally in love, yet so distant towards each other.
Writer Ali Mudar has penned it all down beautifully and the dialogues by Anser Soomro are mesmerizing.
The 12-minute short film directed by Usman Mukhtar starring Usman himself, Rubya Chaudhry, and Iman Shahid is the epitome of good film work.
Watch it for a shot of reality in a feel-good metaverse world. However, the short leaves you to decipher your own ultimate reality, which is, as short films go, always a possible conclusion – yeah, leave it to the viewer to give a spin on what eventually transpires! Intrigued? Then go watch!
3. Prince Charming
Should You Be Spending 11 Minutes Of Your Time Watching Prince Charming?
The answer is … yes, yes, and yes! And we’re telling you why Prince Charming is a must-watch!
The film shows how this depression might be a silent predator in the lives of countless married couples.
The project also marks Sheheryar Munawar’s directorial debut – he passed with flying colors!
Watch it for the narration of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry by Mahira and Zahid Ahmed. It is so captivating that you will want to keep listening on repeat. This might be a moving and meaningful watch, possibly not for the faint at heart!
Yorker Short Film explores Pakistan’s obsession with English. English bolo to cool, jab na bolo to uncool. The short film is a fun take on the issue, with many meaningful messages and LOL moments, making it worth our time!
While he sets off to tackle the problem head-on by taking English courses with his friend Ibrahim (Faizan Sheikh), things take a U-turn when the police mistake the pair for the Burqa gang! Yikes.
Watch it for some slick direction, fast-paced action, swift scene shifts in multiple locations, and sharp edits that raised the bar on the very first project from Digestive Showtime – well done there!
5. Nana Aur Mein
This 20-minute dialogue between a granddaughter and her grandfather is perhaps one of the most precious projects that graced our screens this year. The voiceovers, the letter writing, the bonding between Qavi Khan and Saboor Aly treat us to multiple life messages and performances that stay with you long after the film is over.
Conversations on this very real dilemma become uncomfortable in the most liberal of desi households – Nana Aur Mein seeks to approach this relationship with a heartfelt tribute to all grandparents and children whose hearts are always in the right place!
Watch it for outstanding performances and cinematography – a touching watch from Seeprime!