Still frames, pensive silences and two open windows constitute the soul of Khidkee, a masterful short film by Mumbai based director, Rohan Kanawade.
If you have lived in a crowded city, you are very familiar with spaces that are not exactly private - homes that awkwardly peek into one another, offering enough glimpses to spark your imagination about the people who might live there, but never enough to offer any insight - personal or real. This voyeuristic side of Mumbai's urban middle class lifestyle builds Khidkee's tense narrative that teases, and tempts the characters and audience alike.
Who are these men that visit her so often? Why does a scruffy young man drink all day? What are silhouettes telling you and what are they hiding? The characters yearn and the audience learns.
Actors Veena Nair and Lalit Prabhakar lend credible performances to their very real and relatable characters, and Abhay Kulkarni does a terrific job in a difficult role.
Rohan Kanawade's success lies rousing the curiousity of the audience and making them wonder what if... and as the credits roll you will find yourself asking, how many such loaded perceptions you may have had in your life.
Step out of your Khidkee. There is a lot, you don't know!
Khidkee is among the 16 non-feature films selected for Indian Panorama section at the coveted 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 (Goa). which is scheduled to take place from 20th to 28th November, 2017.
Watch the trailer here: