Directed by: Shashank S Singh
Written by: Shashank S Singh
Cinematography: Deepak Nambiar
Edited by: Manas Mittal
Starring: Swara Bhasker, Gulshan Devaiah, Swapnil Kotriwar
Streaming on: YouTube (Large Short Films)
Corny title apart, I just like the premise of Dobara Alvida, a brief movie that brings two ex-lovers collectively in a shared Uber journey. In essence, an algorithm forces two folks to confront the heartbreak of being human. He is in Mumbai for a piece journey, she is on her approach to a celebration. After the preliminary awkwardness and small discuss, he asks her: “How are you?” When she sees him carrying her favorite sweets, she playfully accuses him of stalking her. They are in reality stalking their very own recollections of togetherness.
The dialog is properly designed – it begins cautious and nostalgic, will get heated and intense, earlier than ending in a flurry of emotion. It helps that each the actors have such distinct film voices. Close your eyes and you may hear Swara Bhasker and Gulshan Devaiah in a crowd of emotions. As a outcome, this transient change additionally adopts the rhythm of a three-act relationship: they appear to be falling in love, clashing laborious and breaking apart over again. Most soulmates meet for the primary time, these two meet for the final time. The writing does a good job of offering a snapshot – and hinting on the historical past – of the equation they as soon as shared, with out flashbacks. The journey itself doubles up because the closure that the majority ex-partners don’t have the luxurious of getting. It’s the scenario all of us think about and practise in our heads – an opportunity assembly spanning nearly sufficient time to launch and resolve pent-up resentments.
The third individual within the automobile, the driving force (Swapnil Kotriwar), is a candy contact. His character is the sum of all of the passengers he has ferried – and, dare I say, he may need made for a much more fascinating brief movie. What Dobara Alvida achieves until its ultimate third, whereas staying grounded and easy, is ruined by a brooding title tune marking the climax. It’s a foolish, sappy transfer. Suddenly the second turns right into a film, their chat turns right into a derivation of experiences slightly than an expertise itself. Even the 2 actors look completely misplaced right here, visibly ailing comfy with the abrupt change of remedy. And what’s extra, the flashbacks – of dialogue and photographs from solely 5 minutes in the past – inevitably arrive. Another ten minutes and Emraan Hashmi may need jumped out from the backseat and narrated the remaining.
Early on, when the 2 start to rake up previous points, the girl mentions that she misplaced her independence whereas she was with him. Her selections have been by no means hers alone, and his affect – from buddies to jobs – solid a shadow over her life. Their compatibility is known as into query. The spirit of the scene brings to thoughts an identical late-night drive from Atul Mongia’s wonderful brief movie, Awake, the place a spouse reclaims her individualism in essentially the most morbid circumstances doable. And the physicality of Dobara Alvida – a ride-sharing app uniting two “strangers” in nocturnal Mumbai – is harking back to Sumi Mathai’s Detour, an enthralling brief starring Vikrant Massey and Sayani Gupta as co-passengers. Both these shorts are miles forward, not a lot when it comes to execution as tonal consistency.
Mumbai in the dark is an existential style of its personal – an area the place miracles collide and human heads are afforded the silence to listen to one another. The empty streets make for a metropolis suspended between life and making a residing: a possibility for not simply folks but in addition tales to make their very own future. If solely the makers of Dobara Alvida had managed to maintain their Bollywood of their pants, the movie may need felt like extra than simply the narrative equal of a doomed one-night stand.