January 4, 2018

Still reeling from the story of Tiger Zinda Hai and Jab Harry Met Sejal? With back-to-back duds, 2017 was full of regrets for Bollywood fans who went to the theatre expecting something brilliant but returned disappointed. Thankfully, with the digital space growing, the internet was the go-to destination for movie lovers to find good content last year. These 10 YouTube short movies won our hearts and filled us with a hope that this year too we shall find great gems like these online.

1. The School Bag

The film tells the heart-wrenching story of the events that happened in Peshawar in December 2014 when terrorists mowed down hundreds of schoolchildren. Shown through the eyes of a mother, preparing to surprise her son with a new bag on his birthday, The School Bag won many international accolades in 2017.

2. Khujli

Khujli is about a middle age couple exploring BDSM in their bedroom. The film has an unusual pairing of Jackie Shroff, quaintly named Giridharlal and his wife Roopmati, played by Neena Gupta. They hilariously try to indulge in kinky sex after coming across the novel, ‘fifty shades of grey’. What makes this a thoroughly enjoyable film is that the actors seem to be very relaxed in their middle-age characters and put up great performances. Watch it here.

3. Chhuri

Chhuri starring Anurag Kashyap and Tisca Chopra is a brilliant short film based on infidelity. All we’ll say is that the movie is as sharp as its title.

4. Naked

Kalki Koechlin seems to be ruling the short web films industry currently. She doesn’t shy away from bold topics and this time she stars in a film based on online sex scandal and cyberbullying. With flawless acting and bold dialogues, this film deserves your attention.

5. Death Of A Father

The only animated film that makes this list, ‘death of a father’ is a brilliant portrayal of pathos while dealing with the intricacy of a tragedy. It’s a simple story about a Bengali man, reluctantly executing the customs of his father’s funeral. But there are a lot of understated aspects to it that make this film a must watch.

6. Juice

Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan of Masaan fame, Juice stars Shefali Shah, in a more middle-class and relatable version of her Dil Dhadakne Do character. While hosting a weekend dinner, the timid housewife discovers the patriarchy around her. The film doesn’t resort to any moral lectures or loud expressions – it’s the subtle dialogues that will pull you in.

7. The Black Cat

Based on Ruskin Bond’s short story, ‘The Black Cat’ stars Tom Alter in his final role. Interestingly, this ‘children’s film’ has no children, only a mysterious cat, a Mussorie cottage and an irritable author with a broom.

8. Jai Mata Di

This one from Terribly Tiny Tales presents an amusing, out of the box solution to an issue society crinkles up its nose to – live in relationships. Starring Supriya Pilgaonkar, watch out for its surprise twist at the end.

9. Anukul

What happens when a machine starts questioning our ways of the world? Anukul is a gripping tale of a futuristic world where robots live alongside humans. It is based on a Satyajit Ray short story and directed by Sujoy Ghosh of ‘Kahaani’ franchise.

10. Kheer

In just six minutes, Kheer tells the story of a lonely grandfather making a fresh start in life and the reaction of his grandchildren. Featuring Anupam Kher, it is a sweet story that will leave you smiling.