Short Film DARD-E-DIL In 2020 Is A Bring Back Or A Let go?
DARD-E-DIL Short Film In 2020 Is A bring Back Or A Let go? DARD-E-DIL a tribute to legendary actors Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan that Bollywood lost during quarantined 2020. Considering this huge loss that can not be recovered, this short film instantly takes us back in the time where life was not this complicated.
When a poignant exchange of dialogs between the two actors reach a rock bottom, they must break away from their characters to save the film crew from the harsh reality and the pathos of the year 2020.
The film opens on a film set where the film crew is arduously prepping to shoot a dramatic scene between the two lead actors. When the director calls for action, Binod strums his guitar in a vain hope that the familiar tune would take him back in time. Enters Teeshay, who is intrigued by the same mysterious tune, and thus kick-starts a somber and emotional repartee between the two. The mood is dramatically pushed through the tangible layers of darkness to the point of no return. That’s when Binod must act quickly and effectively to save Teeshay and the rest of the film crew from the obvious dark clouds of the year 2020 looming over their heads.
We can complain, grieve, get angry, or suffer in pain when we can’t control the things that we wish we could control. But as Pi Patel (played by Irrfan Khan) in Life of Pi says,
“I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go,” this also becomes the message given out in the end of the film.
The screenplay was penned after the loss of two legendary actors Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, while the film idea of making a cellphone film about shooting a scene was conceived a week before the tragedy. While we will forever feel the loss of the two beautiful lives lost, we must learn to endure the pain and celebrate the incredible works of the two consummate actors, and the characters they brought to life in the form of Paan Singh Tomar, Maqbool, or Monty played by both; Irrfan in Life in a Metro and Rishi Kapoor in Karz.
The iconic song ‘Om Shanti Om’ is recreated and is indeed the soul of the film, which turns this short drama into a ‘feel-good’ film.
BIOGRAPHY AND FILMOGRAPHY DIRECTOR
Nidhi Kathuria is a writer, filmmaker based in New Jersey. Her feature film ‘Prince of Bollywood’ is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. She has worked as a writer for television series Khushboo, Shot by Shot, editor of a South-Asian newspaper, written a book of poems called ‘Words Upon a Poet’s Page,’ written, produced, and directed a handful of short indie films like Romancing with Life, Horn OK Please, Little Bag of Happiness, The Wait. She has also worked in the department of set designing, casting, make-up and costume, and script supervision for both Bollywood and independent award-winning short films.
Portraying Rishi Kapoor Binod D
Portraying Irrfan Khan Teeshay
Director Vick Krishna
Assistant Director Pooja Narang
Producer Sanjay Kumar
Clapper Anil Sachdeva
Cinematographer Sonny Chatrath
Sound Recordist Mihir Beg
Gaffer Praveen Prasanthan
Directed by Nidhi Kathuria
Screenplay by Anil Sachdeva, Nidhi Kathuria
Co-Produced by Filmride, Mihir Beg Sound, Bollywood Axion,
Casting Nidhi Kathuria
Editor Praveen Prasanthan
Choreography Pooja Narang
Background Score Mihir Beg
Recreated Song Mihir Beg
Sound Editor Mihir Beg
Vocals Mihir Beg, Binod D, Vick Krishna, Sanjay Kumar