In this digital age, making a short film is not too difficult. The number of short films is increasing, but the quality is decreasing. There is two type of filmmakers. “As everyone is making a short film, then why shouldn’t I?”, such minds belongs to the first set. While the second category does a lot of detailed studies and completes it with a perfection. ‘Waft’ Belongs to the second category. This Passion led Waft to the many festivals. All those achievements and appreciation are the rewards of pure hard work and dedication. Finally, today the wait is over. Now you can feel this experience from Youtube itself.
Even before the official YoutTube release, Waft had a festival run where it got selected into 22 International Film Festivals across the globe. The short film has also won 8 apiece awards and several nominations. That remained as the Speciality about this short film, which made us wait.
Conveying something which is not very popular, but very critical is really a task for a director. There is where Vishnu Udayan’s ‘Waft’ is making waves. To convey a strong message, there is no better theme than Romance. We all know Love is a mystery. No one can predict in which direction it will flow. Flowing against our direction is something unbearable. But sometimes we can just watch all its fun with a drop of tears. This short film too treats the theme of love with a modern twist. According to Vishnu;-
“Waft can be called a romantic drama in a nutshell, but it’s more than that. It’s more about the treatment than the theme and that’s the suspense element”
The story revolves around Ashvath, Aradhya and their love. The sudden exit of the lady love pushes Ashwath to the world of silence. Even if tries to find relief from books and friends, he can’t completely forget her. The director and cameraman really take us to the ‘missing’ world of Ashwath through the frames. Along with the minimal dialogues, actions and expressions take the story forward. Credit should go to all the actors. Then comes the situation where he finds the missing link. The missing link is the suspense or the backbone of the story. How will Ashvath decode the link? What makes Aradhya leave Ashvath? Just watch and feel.
The most exciting thing about Waft is its Climax. It is “subjective and open-ended”. We can fill it with our imagination. Unlike the former cliche romances, this one will definitely stand unique. It leaves more room for viewers to interpret and make their own conclusions, Kudos to the entire team. The climax will literally push Waft to more bigger debates.
Waft is the sixth short film of Green Parrot Talkies. It’s Vishnu’s 7th short film which is so far the biggest project till date. Vishnu, who studied film direction at the Institute of Creative Excellence, Mumbai, started doing short films right after school days. All these achievements and success are beyond his thoughts. He would have never imagined. The credit goes to his passion. We should also never forget the contribution of people like Mohammed Aftab and Aaron Lance. Aftab captured all those beautiful frames, in and around Kochi. The screenplay and dialogues were written by Aaron Lance. It stands as the backbone of the film. The 12-minute long work was shot in three days.
You may also go through the phases like this. Try to fill all those missing links and decodes the past as soon as possible. Don’t make it too late. Even in the difficult times, stand with your loved ones and try to see the world from their eyes. Because Love is magical, just like “Waft’.