Terribly Tiny Talkies, is an extension of the web-based storytelling platform, Terribly Tiny Tales. Ahead of Independence Day, they have released two out of three videos - Agli Baar and Bapu. Both the films, between 7-10 minutes each, completely contrast each other. The stark contrast lies in the fact that one is as close to reality as it can be while the other is a whimsical take on unanswered letters to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The third, which will be released on 15 August is called One Day Mataram.
The first, Agli Baar, by Devashish Makhija, is a take on the unfortunate state of affairs in India -- land scams, religious violence and their impact on minority groups. It involves slum dwellers, human rights activists and a hitman.
It's narrated with the use of mobile and laptop cameras which makes it all the more horrifying to the viewer. This one will grip you till the very end and you probably won't be able to forget about for days after. It keeps you on your toes as you do not know what is going on until the very end.
Bapu was shot in Kolkata, and put together by Sujoy Ghosh's team, director of recent hit short-film Ahalya. The film is about a postman who, while working, discovers a bunch of unanswered letters to Bapu and attempts to do something about them. He finds 30 letters from a man, Kedar Chunawala and decides to seek him out.
Kedar writes his first in 1948 at the age of 15, in free India. He says that he doesn't want to waste his life and go into his family business. At first, Kedar decides to get into the Satyagraha movement for three years but then he grudgingly joins the family business and thinks his life is a waste. By the end of the film, the reply to Kedar will leave you with a beautiful message.