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Five short films by experienced and amateur film-makers are enjoying rave reviews these days

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I am sure, while surfing on Facebook, you have liked or shared a story by the Terribly Tiny Tales. They are mouthfuls of stories, like haikus in prose, with a sting in the end. Funny, introspective and downright harrowing, TTT has found fans and authors who dish out micro-stories every week.

Recently, TTT decided to host Terribly Tiny Talkies, a collection of five short films that revolve around romance, relationships and roommates.

Dark humour is a typical Vasan Bala fare. You might know him as the director of Peddlers, a film that created a lot of Cannes buzz a few years ago. Bala’s Bunny narrates the simple story of two bipolar murderers, swinging between killing other people and killing themselves. The film is a sweet balance between ‘dark’ and ‘humour’, often making you giggle at the sheer oddball repartee between the leads.

The Last Day
After assisting Vishal Bhardwaj, Adhiraj Bose, made a critically acclaimed short film, Int. Café: Night, starring Naseeruddin Shah, which has wowed audiences around the country. The Last Day is a heartwarming sketch on bromance and biding goodbye to idyllic bachelorhood. Tahir Raj Bhasin (remember the badass villain from Mardaani?) and Namit Das light up the screen with cheerful camaraderie. Reminds you of Chandler and Joey.

R.I.P. (Romance in Peace)
Older men falling in love and desperately seeking a lady friend? Or marriage? If Bollywood trends are anything to go by, that has been the flavour of the season. Starring Tom Alter, the film narrates the journey of two grandpapas who will not stop till they meet the lady on offer in a matrimonial ad. Shlok Sharma’s R.I.P isn’t funny and uses too many Bollywood tropes, but the Punjabi commentary during the chase sequences is an interesting addition.

A mother tries to reach out to her teenage son about her new partner – over a game of table tennis. Chintan Ruparel’s Deuce reminds you of Woody Allen’s Match Point, a classic example of how a ball game becomes the metaphor for give-and-take between two people. Starring Mandira Bedi, the film is simply shot but builds up beautifully to an interesting climax. Who wins the match?

So, we saved the best for the last. Devashish Makhija is not new to the medium and his comic ghost story meets mock westerner exudes film making experience. Maker of the acclaimed Oonga and fiction writer, Makhija’s El’ayichi is hilarious in its treatment and comic timing. Can you really start hating your husband for loving you too much? Excellent sound design, stellar performances by Nimrat Kaur and Divyendu Sharma (remember the nerd from Pyar Ka Punchnama?) and that rib-tickling Mackenna’s Gold feel – this film will make your day.