Ouch (2016) Short Film Review
Writer – director Neeraj Pandey is back just a month after delivering a super hit – MS Dhoni The Untold story. Not with a full length feature film this time but a 14 minute short titled ‘Ouch’ featuring Manoj Bajpayee (off late, the actor seems to be the go to guy for quality shorts) and the pretty Pooja Chopra. [Read: Saat Uchakkey (2016) Movie Review]
Ouch is a quirky take on an extra marital relationship and its unexpected consequence on an individual. Laced with dark humour, it successfully explores the wicked side of an immoral human relationship.
Priya (Chopra) and Vinay (Bajpayee) have been having indulging in an extra marital since the last two ‘Makarsankranti’s. On the third anniversary, they meet up in their regular hotel room to start a new life together after disclosing their infidelity to respective spouses and breaking off with them. What happens next?
Neeraj Pandey relies heavily on the body language of his two actors, particularly Manoj Bajpayee to build his narrative. He even hints at the creaky ‘casting couch’ extending beyond the film industry. The dialogues and music (sparingly used at the right place) also play a vital role. And while I cringed at the unnecessary cuss words in Manoj’s last film ‘Saat Uchakkey’, they are effectively used here to convey varied emotions from fear, anger and frustration to humiliation.
As always, Manoj Bajpayee is first rate as the married man undergoing a mid life crisis. Pooja Chopra is equally impressive as his lover who cannot make up her mind. Like Shirish Kunder’s ‘Kriti’, the technical apects are A grade. [Read: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) Movie Review
Watch Ouch!…be assured, it’ll not make you say it aloud in disappointment!!
OUCH Short Film 2016 | Manoj Bajpayee & Pooja Chopra | JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2016