Everytime and again we at Popcorn Reviewss handpick a short film and review it and thereby do our bit in spreading the word. And so with that I have finished watching the new short film Clean on Amazon Mini TV. Having watched its trailer, I felt there was an element of mystery to it. Ofcourse it was about human relations and the dynamics between the characters but there was something more to it that I found it to be intriguing. Is this short film worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
In keeping with the tradition, I will not be revealing the plot of Clean as it may act as a deterrent to your viewing experience. But the story is a bittersweet and heartfelt tale of pathos. This is the kind of story that you can label it in the same bracket as Kapoor & Sons or Cake. The screenplay also has a bit of a buildup here. You are slowly introduced to the characters with the underlying sentiment being that of awkwardness. The vibes are enough to give you a sense that all is far from being normal. But once they get to the point of revelation following an unfortunate incident, you are thrown off guard. The revelation is shocking and also the complexity of the situation is quite nicely explored. And by the time the drama ends, there is this bittersweet feeling that you are filled up with. Life is about second chances but timing is as important and that is the message the film leaves us with. A pretty well written screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues by Anurag Kashyap are conversational yet engaging and they instantly leave an impact. The BGM nicely blends with the drama. Director Zoya Parvin has handled this sensitive subject delicately and the direction definitely is good here.
The performances are pretty good. Nishank Verma is calm and composed and quite an affable character, a pretty good job done. But the story majorly revolves around Amrita Puri and Aisha Ahmed. Amrita as the elder sister who is laced with all the responsibilities is like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. But there is this wonderful restraint that she brings to her character in a job done perfectly. Aisha on the other hand as the younger sister trying to mend things with a lot of guilt is brilliant. Amd both feed off each other so well.
Clean is a bittersweet and heartfelt tale of pathos and guilt. Available on Amazon Mini TV.