Over the last couple of years or so I have been listening to a lot of Jazz – this is largely due to getting a lot of exposure to this genre, in part thanks to visiting the Jazz capital, New Orleans and Chicago and other places and getting to listen to a lot of amazing jazz musicians live.
When the Bengaluru Habba announced they are going to have a Jazz fest, I was super excited. I had the privilege of following the Jazz fusion band HFT during their visit to Bangalore during the event.
Lew Hilt, AJ and Suchet are amazing people and have an amazing amount of talent. It was wonderful listening to them after the show and talk about a variety of topics and musicians and the genre of Jazz.
HFT’s music is very interesting and the drummer, Suchet, adds a certain mystery to it with his vast collection of musical instruments from around the world.
I have seen some really amazing, touching, thought-provoking and some funny short films in Thamizh over the last few months. The people behind this are evidently extremely creative and the efforts they have put into their work shows. Some have elaborate setups and others just a regular camera and a free movie editor software.
Given below are some of the short films that caught my attention that I had to share with you all. These are all in my mother tongue – Thamizh (Tamil) – but some of them do have sub-titles.
I’ll start off with one of the first Thamizh short films I saw on YouTube. This film introduced me to this whole world of Thamizh short films on YouTube. The film is about a guy who is going to introduce his girlfriend to his parents and what happens at that meeting. Brilliant acting, direction, camera work and such a real script! The starting scene is killer!
The next movie is by M.Balaji, who was also responsible for the first film. His strength is obviously emotions and getting the best out of the actors. Do search for his other films. Anyway, this short film is about a grandfather who is eagerly waiting for his foreign raised grand-daughter to return and sing for him, like she used to do several years back. Very touching film! The scene where the grandfather tries to bridge the generation gap by listening to rock music is super!
Bonus: This has English sub-titles.
The third short film is about a man and his car and his village. Written and Directed by S.U. Arun Kumar. Brilliant work! Reminded me of the Cars movie series where we actually feel the cars are almost human-like characters!
The next short film is by Manoj Priyadarshan, who dishes out a hilarious version of how some men go that extra mile to please their girl friends. The camera/scene work could be better but the story and comedy is spot on!
The last movie I’d like to share is about this couple who meet again after breaking up two years earlier for various reasons. Again great direction, superb acting (the actors seem to be working with multiple directors!) and great work by the cameraman on this one take short film. Scripted and directed by Ramya.
Bonus: This has English sub titles.
That’s about it for now. I hope you enjoyed this ‘short’ selection! YouTube is an ocean and one can find a lot of great short films in various languages and genres.
Do share with me in the comments any short films that you have seen and enjoyed.