Directed by: Akshay Padmanaba
Written by: Akshay Padmanaba
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Richard ( Pritheev Senthilkumaran ), a young author who seems to be doing quite well, gets a strange call and request to meet. Apparently, it's important, and although apprehensive, Richard eventually goes to the meeting. Before that, we learn of Richard's profession and that he's completed his new book, and the publishing agent seems to love it. Richard has everything going for him, but curiosity has gotten the better of him as he pulls up to the meeting place in his car.
As Richard sits down at a table with the mysterious man, we learn his name is Gerald ( Jeffrey Nathaniel ), and the two know a common person. Gerald's wife. It seems Richard has been "the other man" in a relationship with a married woman, and Gerald isn't taking it lightly. As the two converse over Gerald's meal, we learn he has done something dreadful. And he's not quite done yet. The film closes, leaving the details of what happened up to the audience to infer. All this takes place within fifteen minutes.
First, as far as micro-budget movies go, this was an excellent film. There were some shaky-cam moments, but overall, it looks and sounds pretty good. This is probably because the film is overdubbed to English, so the dialog comes through loud and clear. But, however, there are details within this film that made me question the logic. Why was Richard so confrontational? I understand that once Richard realized who the mystery man was, he would be confrontational.. but why before that? You would figure Richard would be curious at first, not angry. Secondly, I wasn't a big fan of the ending. I know it's left for the audience, but a little more meat on the bone would have been great. With that said, I can't flaw the performances and even enjoyed a good speech from Gerald at the end.
Although not perfect, this was a short micro movie that vastly exceeded my expectations, but I still wish there was more to it. A bit more detail, a little more information and an ending that didn't leave you one hundred percent in the dark. I'm not saying that I didn't know what happened, I would have just liked to have seen a little bit of it with my own eyes. Film is a visual medium, so show me. But I can't help smile at the good work Akshay Padmanaba has submitted. This was a good film and easily worth three stars. Possibly even a little more. Thank you for reading.