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Short Film – Listener: Review

MediaInfoline April 26, 2018
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In today’s busy life, we often strive for someone to listen to our hopes, sorrows, difficulties, heartbreaks and more. We keep looking for people who will hear us without uttering a word. More so, the person won’t be judgemental while listening to our problems. These days we are so intrigued in social life, and social platforms, ironically we still lack that ‘someone’ at times.

Cast:  Kumud Mishra, Shashank Arora, Shivani Tanksale, Yusuf Hussain

Director: Tarun Dudeja

The Plot: The story of ‘Listener’ finely portrays a unique concept of a middle-aged man, Kumud Mishra, who works in a restaurant as listener. Customers come to the restaurant and orders for their foods. There is an option of having a ‘Listener’ for a stipulated time in the menu card of the restaurant. Mishra is shown charging a fair amount of money for the job of a listener. Proceeding to the story, a woman has shown walking in the restaurant, Shivani Tanksale who wishes to share her joy of driving through some suburb area in the city.

Kumud Mishra and Shivani Tanksale in Listener

Again, a rich businessman, Yusuf Hussain comes in with his problem and hires a listener. He complains about his son’s futile behaviour. Then, a young boy, Shashank Arora talks about his heartbreak from past relationship. Dudeja’s wonderful talent of direction comes alive with perfection. Keeping the central character of a ‘Listener’, the director magnificently juggles with various stories and problems of people. Made under the banner of Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, the film leaves you in a sudden awestruck.

Bottom Line: Mishra has already staggered us with his wonderful performances over the years. He has been playing the character with full grace in this film as well. Shivani Tanksale, Shashank Arora and Yusuf Hussain also played their respective parts aesthetically, that makes the story so alive. Shot at indoors, the film illustrates a restaurant impression. Tarun Dudeja typically touches some emotional chords and doesn’t dismay with the twist at the end. The story grasps the viewers with its eccentric concept and slight humour at the end. As a whole, a great amalgamation of perfect actors and idea.

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