Short Film Review: The Playboy Mr. Sawhney
Director & Writer: Tariq Naved Siddiqui
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Arjan Bajwa, Manjari Phadnis, Neetu Chandra, Divya Dutta, Sameer Kochhar, Pitobash, Sudhir Mishra and Preeti Mamgain.
The story of The Playboy Mr. Sawhney starts with a young man (Tahir Raj Bhasin) disturbed with his love life. He lives with his grandfather, Mr. Yashpal Sawhney (Jackie Shroff), who was a famous poet and journalist and was considered as a playboy. The young boy starts talking to his grandfather and started seeking his grandfather’s advice. Eventually the young man realizes about his grandfather being a loyal lover and a loving husband.
The short film aptly showcased that, the demand in a relationship has not changed much through generations. The bold yet subtle message of human misjudgment of an arbitrary character is lucidly placed. The best message coming out of the film: if there’s true love even for sometime, is enough for a lifetime!
Starting from Jackie Shroff’s role who was at his finest as the drunken old grandfather. All the other actors including Arjan Bajwa (young Yashpal Sawhney), played their brief roles perfectly.
The use of the old song Jane Wo Kaise Log The Jinko Pyar Me Pyar Mila in situational lyrics is a masterpiece by the director cum lyricist Tariq Naved Siddiqui.