Quarantine Curation: 10 short films to watch on YouTube if you are bored of OTT platforms

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Just a week to go before Lockdown 2.0 ends. And we are running out of content on OTT platforms. From all kinds of feature films and evergreen TV shows to the latest web series, most of us have finished watching them all in self-quarantine. The question is, NOW, WHAT?

Fret not, you can opt for short films in this last week. And the best part is that you can watch a number of them in just one day, in between house chores. There’s another special thing about this list – it is especially for those of you who do not have OTT subscriptions.

In this week’s Quarantine Curation, we give you a list of 10 short films that you can binge-watch on YouTube:

1: Chutney

Starring: Tisca Chopra, Adil Hussain and Rasika Dugal

Before Alia Bhatt said, “Mere boyfriend se gulu-gulu karegi toh dhoptungi na main usko,” in Gully Boy, Tisca Chopra already did it in her short film Chutney, but in a very subtle and calm tone. Chutney is about 17 minutes long and stars Adil and Tisca as husband and wife, respectively, while Rasika plays Tisca’s friend who has a crush on Adil’s character.

And after watching this short film, you will never eat the chutney the same way again.

2: Chhuri

Starring: Tisca Chopra, Anurag Kashyap and Surveen Chawla

Just like Chutney, Tisca is the wife here too and Anurag Kashyap plays her husband, who is having an extramarital affair with Surveen Chawla. But this one ends very differently compared to Chutney.

3: Khujli

Starring: Neena Gupta and Jackie Shroff

Neena Gupta and Jackie Shroff are a middle-aged couple in Khujli, who try to spice things up in the bedroom, Fifty Shades of Grey-style. We’re not saying anything more, go watch it.

4: Ouch

Starring: Manoj Bajpayee and Pooja Chopra

After Chhuri, here’s another extramarital affair that went wrong. Ouch stars Manoj Bajpayee as someone’s husband and Pooja Chopra as someone’s wife. They meet in a hotel room to, well, “relax” but then nothing goes according to plan.

5: Rogan Josh

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah and Shishir Sharma

A family with a few of their close friends sit down for a special birthday dinner with the star dish – Rogan Josh – on the table. Naseeruddin Shah, a chef at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, has cooked his signature dish, the Rogan Josh; it’s his birthday after all. But he is upset, for he is waiting for his son to join them for dinner and like always, he’s late.

We’ll let you watch the rest of this gut-wrenching short.

6: Interior Cafe Night

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Shernaz Patel, Shweta Basu Prasad and Naveen Kasturia

Interior Cafe Night is a 14-minute emotional tale of two lovers, set inside a cafe. Naseeruddin Shah plays the owner of the cafe and Shernaz is his customer. From love, loss, and reunion, you will experience everything in Interior Cafe Night.

7: Ahalya

Starring: Radhika Apte, Soumitra Chatterjee, Tota Roy Chowdhury

In Sujoy Ghosh’s Ahalya, Soumitra plays Goutam Sadhu, an ageing artist and Radhika is Ahalya, his beautiful wife. A policeman, essayed by Tota Roy Chowdhury, visits their home enquiring about a missing man. The character of Ahalya in Ghosh’s short draws inspiration from Ramayana’s Ahalya, the most beautiful creation of Brahma and the wife of sage Gautam Maharishi.

The story of this short, however, is vastly different.

8: Ghar Ki Murgi

Starring: Sakshi Tanwar

Imagine your mom going on a long solo vacation. How will you manage your home? Well, this is why you need to watch Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s short film Ghar Ki Murgi. It is an ode to all woman homemakers, especially now that you’ve understood the need for dividing house chores among family members so that the burden does not fall on one single person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D567scaLR6s

9: Juice

Starring: Shefali Shah

This 15-minute short film is a commentary on how women are treated at their homes, irrespective of which strata of the society one belongs to. The film essentially shows the womenfolk assemble in the kitchen, helping each other out, while the men are sitting in the drawing-room, sipping on alcohol.

They call for snacks, as the women sweat away in the kitchen. The last scene (spoiler alert) is where the whole thing turns around.

10: Anukul

Starring: Saurabh Shukla, Parambrata Chatterjee

Another Sujoy Ghosh directorial, Anukul is based on a short story of the same name by Satyajit Ray. Parambrata Chatterjee is seen as a humanoid, while Saurabh Shukla plays the role of Nikunj Chaturvedi, a Hindi teacher, who buys the robot from a salesperson in Chowringee, Kolkata.

Okay, we’re done with our list, but here’s a couple of bonus short films you can watch on YouTube: Kheer, Ek Choti Si Ego, Chaddi and Kahaanibaaz.

The writer tweets @NishaSingh1995

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