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Directed by Shreyas Gupta  |  Review by Riya Saha

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] short movie that has a protagonist who is lost in his own world. This is a common storyline which every single movie carries. But what is so uncommon about IKTARA directed by Shreyas Gupta? A gripping, emotional, and touching cinematography which will stick to the viewer’s mind. While watching the movie I was extremely overwhelmed with the silence all around but the climax was a completely different story. There were only two actors in this film, but more than enough to make the film worthwhile.

If loneliness is a theme then the director through his creativity was successful in portraying it. Not everyone has such resonance to recreate a story of power. In fact, realizing the inadequacy rather humbly, the maker of IKTARA gives a new life to a child. Take it as an altogether fresh approach to the world of Independent cinemas. Short Films are, however, a territory for experimentation. They invite inevitable comparison and yet aspire for an exclusive identity. If movies are meant to inspire, then IKTARA fulfills its purpose with resounding success. It will motivate you to get in touch with goodness. It will coax you to abandon the remotest negativity in life and be positive, all the time.

The Director has smartly used the audio just after the climax. When you will start thinking about something horrifying but what comes up is humungous happiness and joy. It seems as if the writer Nand Ram Aanand deliberately made sure that the audience of IKTARA drops a few happy tears.

Love literally is the remedy for all sorrows and this is what happened with the protagonist. Regardless of how much logic you employ the story will suck you in and you will feel the tug at your heartstrings. And the only emotion you’ll be able to reciprocate is love.

Yashpal Sharma is the key cast serve up a screenplay par excellence. The movie is slightly predictable, but it makes such good use of situations and characters that you’re simply moved by the story.

Shreyas Gupta decisions, judgment and maturity are the strength of this film. The music infuses more spirit to the proceedings and foretells the happy future that is open for both of them. The subliminal reason why IKTARA gels together to create an emotional impact is due to the young and innocent face of Sia Bindrani. The innocence and cuteness of her face and her demeanor is indelible. She will put you in pity and also has the strength to make every human fall in love with her. Music Director Kapil Harishankar gives an attention-grabbing lyrics with pure Hindi and elemental humor. He seems to have put a lot more effort into the unusual packaging of the song.

Therefore, it’s worth it to review this short independent film by Shreyas Gupta and readers it’s a promise that you won’t be bored. So, let’s get some time and watch the story of a man who feels destroyed but how he finds a reason to live and how a little girl become his heart and soul.


Riya Saha is a Kolkata based writer, editor, journalist and cinephile. She has completed her masters with Journalism and Mass Communication from Calcutta University and currently working as a freelance journalist. Having a great interest in world cinema made Riya join Human Lab Corporation. She is passionate about setting goals and achieving them. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, socializing and meeting people. She is also very fond of watching International movies.

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