There are some films which make an impact on your conscious mind and this film is all about that. You will think and rethink about the message which this short film gives you.
The film is set in a small village in Madhya Pradesh where a daughter lives with a father. The girl feels the thing around her environment. She is a feeling being not thinking being. She has a heart as big as the almighty. She loves the beauty of love giving. There are some parts of the film which touches you so deeply that you will want to spend more time with your mum.
The film has a spell bounding screenplay and excellent performance from the little girl.
She is the soul of the film. The director has given the simplicity to the canvas as the story was asked by the script. The sound of the film takes you to the village.
Do watch this film whenever it is available for the public.
All the best to Team Mum.
The incredible journey begins with Mamta, a young girl, who dawdles around not wanting to go to school. Her father insists she get educated and prods her along despite her unwillingness. It’s clear there’s no mother in the picture.
The music to this piece is so emotional and heartfelt; one can feel the carefree and sad emotions alike as Mamta moves about. The audience feels a bit of anguish in remembering the school days of “once upon a time,” as the feelings are recanted of a child’s need to remain carefree.
The camerawork and colors used to capture the mood are amazing as the story comes around to show Mamta finally arriving at school for a scoffing of the teacher. He’s so upset, he demands she read her homework about her mother. Opening her book full of blank pages, she recalls her journey of the morning on her trip to school. Finally closing her notebook, she closes her eyes and the words ramble from her lips about the baby she heard crying in the woods along the way.
The emotions run deeper as the teacher listens to her words and the rest of the class listens closely. They all want to hear the ending of the story. The music and colors at this point of the story are crucial to the film as the cool colors show the abandoned baby alone in the hall outside of Mamta’s classroom waiting for her new caregiver.
The children are taken by the infant girl as much as Mamta was when she found her crying in a hollowed tree. They gather round and curiously watch and cheerfully play near her, displaying affection and love.
The film brings tears to the eyes of adults who realize that not only is this story amazing, but it’s often true. Adults sometimes have a focused vision for those they are teaching, unbeknownst to them they may also learn from the faces of innocence. When it comes to acting humane, a child may come through more often than a callous adult.
At the end of the film, wrapping everything up, the viewers are reminded that the events are based on a true occurrence. Startling statistics cause us to wonder where the parents of these children are, and how can these tiny babies be left and forgotten so easily? On the other hand, with the actions of the children, reminders that there will always be those willing to do a little more and make up for the neglectful ones when possible.
Life is amazing. Mamta went to school for the purpose of learning, but wound up inevitably teaching something to her classmates and teacher. She taught them something that she may not have known had she been on time. If that were the case, Mamta may have had an awful surprise on her way home, leading to despair.
Many lives can be changed by one, the way that one dropped pebble can have an affect on the ocean. Imagine the impact this story can have if many more saw it.
Directed by Akash Mihani | Review by Rimute Terra Budreviciute
Very few movies try to connect with us emotionally, reaching our hearts. Many attempts to – the threads of happiness, love, sadness, sacrifice are there, but they are overglossed by big budget explosions, humor and secondary stories. Mum is one of the few shorts with a heart and a message, that somehow transcends to us, adults, through a small girl’s eyes.
Cinematographically, Mum is a very satisfying short. Every shot seems to have a meaning, every camera movement is there to stay with an audience. The way this film is shot makes ordinary Indian life seem special. It makes those small interactions between the girl and the class, the girl and her dad, the girl and the goats have a meaning, carry some weight on to the audience. But this is not the only thing that this short film has to offer.
If you are a music fan, and once in a while like to shuffle through movie playlist – this score is for you. Not only it compliments the story, but it’s also a very emotional score, filled with subtext that that when put together with the young girl’s performance delivers a feeling to us. And that feeling is there to stay.
It is also a story that you wouldn’t expect to go where it goes. From the beginning, you kind of have a feeling that it’s about a girl not having her mother – but you have no idea that it’s about an abandoned child and violation of that sacred connection between a mom and a child. It’s very touching to find out, through the words of the storyteller, that she knows what’s like to not have a mother and she chose to take the child she found by the trees because she too, knows what’s like to be abandoned. To see a child being able to come to terms with that, accept it, move on and help others means a great deal to us, the adult audience.
Now, while in real life children may deal with that kind of situation in many different ways, in this film the young girl represents us. Twenty first century has taught us a lot about humanity: we are facing many issues, but the current generations are fighting hard to overcome them and make a better world for our children. However, in all these fights we seem to forget the core of our values: family. Mum reminds us of that core. It shows us that in order to move forward, we need to have all pieces together, not just one. We see, through the girl’s understanding of the goat family, how the world should work and we can learn from it too.
Overall, Mum is a very enchanting short film with a great story, performances and a message, that will leave you well aware of your own self. Maybe, after watching this short film many will understand, that if we want to survive in this world, we should not aim to change it all together: we should start with our own self, our family and our values and remember, that the truth will always win.
Mum Short Film Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Gunn Mihani, Inayat Kazi, Nitesh Upadhyay
Director: Akash Mihani
What’s Good: Fact that such a strong message could be given in just about 10 minutes, Gunn’s innocence steals your heart first then tears it towards the end.
What’s Bad: I don’t even try to nitpick something bad as the story gets me from the word go.
Loo Break: Don’t even to think to even take a second of pause during the film.
Watch or Not?: Whenever it comes, leave everything you’re doing and invest few minutes of your life watching something special.
Mum is a story about a school-kid Mamta. It starts with Mamta relaxing on a swing watching the world upside down. For some reason, she does not want to attend the school that day. Making an excuse for a holiday she tries avoiding to go to school. Her father knows she’s lying so makes her get up and readies her for school.
Cooking food for her, slipping footwear to her support registers how Mamta is a daughter without raised only by her father. As she moves on the way for her school she falls on the floor. I mentioned this scene because it has importance towards the end. As she reaches school, we get to know why she was avoiding it. Without spoiling much, watch Mum to know how a mother is everything.
This 10 minutes of brilliance is written by Jackie Bala. Mum is full of appropriately written dialogues without trying to be preachy yet tearing your soul apart. “My goat will feed (milk) this (human) kid, too, along with her kids. Maybe she’ll understand! She’s a mother after all,” This is just one of those many brilliant lines you witness in this 10 minutes wonder.
Akash does with a short film, what many can’t do with fully fledged feature films. Special mention for the colourist, Kiran Kumar Kota. He has done wonderfully well to colour the frames Akash wanted to use for the story. Be it the board behind the teacher or the dress Gunn is wearing while playing with the baby goat, everything is coloured so well you sometimes forget the black message Akash is trying to portray.
Gunn Mihani steals your heart from the first sight. Her innocence makes you feel for the situation even deeper. She makes you feel love and hate at the same time. Her character is sketched with perfection, she delivers her lines like a swan song but once reality sinks in you have a lump in your throat.
Inayat Kazi, the teacher, leaves a mark with his presence. The way he ends the film is to be noted. Trembling of his lips while Gunn delivers his speech is also something that grabs your attention about his acting. Nitesh Upadhyay, the father, also does well for the little time he’s there. Genuinely approaching the character of a father is what I liked about his performance.
I’m not aware about Akash Mihani’s earlier work but this short film takes him to the league of directors I would love to see making feature films one day. Without a single dead scene, he accomplishes what many short films failed to do – you’ll never feel you’re watching a short film.
Music by Bapi Tutul and sound by Subir Das perfectly complements the story. Minimalist usage of instruments keeps the approach as simple as every single aspect of this film.
Mum is not about just the love of a mother, it covers a lot of things in its short duration. It’s like the pain of an abandoned child, you can’t really understand until you have it yourself. Add Mum to your ‘to-watch’ list whenever it releases online.
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