What is the story about?
Shuruaat Ka Twist is a six-part anthology of six short films directed by debutante directors. These debutante directors have been mentored by industry stalwarts such as Raj Kumar Gupta, Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Hirani, and Amit V. Masurkar.
Anthologies are the flavour of the season. With a lot of OTT platforms now offering debutante directors a platform to showcase their talents, we see a lot of anthologies being made. But Shuruaat Ka Twist stands out in a range of Indian short films. Every short story in this omnibus captures human emotions and puts it across the scene with a lot of finesse. The series starts with 'Tap Tap' starring Chunky Pandey and directed by Praveen Fernandes. It tells the heart-warming story of a has-been music composer who is struggling to find work and be relevant again. The second film 'Khauff' is the most unsettling of the lot. Directed by Hanish Kalia, it tells the story of a man who is plagued by recurring nightmares and fear of death. Amit Sial plays Anil and his conversations with the psychiatrist if nothing seem the most plausible yet somewhere you are slightly disturbed by it. The next segment Adi Sonal directed by Heena Dsouza stars Neena Gupta and is a take on family dynamics and patriarchy. It also has a slight backdrop of domestic violence and spousal abuse. The movie is a bit slow, but the climax is truly rewarding. The next film which is directed by Sanjiv Kishinchandani, called 'Bhaskar Calling' is a funny, light-hearted take on a conversation between a bank employee and an old Parsi man. The climax like the title of the series has a fantastic and unpredictable twist. Gutthi directed by Avalokita is based on a conversation between two roommates. It is a stark reminder of the melancholy in our lives when are faced with the dilemma of giving up on our dreams and settling for stability. Gaurav Mehta's 'Guddu' is about a runaway bride and a boy on a ride. All these stories come with a 'twist' towards the end, like the title suggests. Each story dwells further into the human psyche and explores human emotions which not many filmmakers are able to do.
The series features actors such as Chunky Pandey, Neena Gupta, Trimala Adhikari, Lalit Behl, Rahul Bagga, Kamil Shaikh, Delnaz Irani, Shahriyar Atai, Anurita Jha, Nishaant Bahl, Saurabh Goyal, Preeti Hansraj Sharma, Dheer Hira, Tushar Pandey, Veera Saxena, Merenla Imsong, Amit Sial. Chunky Panday was excellent as a has-been music composer who is struggling to find work again. It was a pleasure to see him leave comedy and take up a role with more depth and gravitas. Neena Gupta too shines as the mother-in-law and Lalit Behl as her husband. Neena's quiet performance sans the melodrama in dealing with the inherent patriarchy in her own house will truly move you. Shahriyar Atai as a neurotic Parsi man will leave you in splits and wanting for more.
Music & Other Departments
The series has some tracks that play in the background. Adi Sonal however has no music and has a lot of quiet performances. The dialogues of every film are quite intriguing. The camera work by the directors too is infact some of the finests works I have seen in short format.
Simple plots and storylines
Runtime is over 2 hours
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. I love the 'twists' that some of these shorts had to offer. If you are in the mood for a serious watch and poignant take on human behavior and emotions, this is the anthology for you.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. It is not an easy watch, but nevertheless an intriguing series.