I have been watching a lot of short films recently. Tisca Chopra’s Chutney, for example, was absolutely delicious!
(I think there was an inspiration: Saki’s short story – The open window – yet the adaptation was wholly Indian.Vera the tale spinner par excellence transformed her looks into a native Ghaziabadwali! ‘How does your garden grow’- a Hercule Poirot short story of Christie is also supposedly another inspiration. Lots in the audience have caught these nuances too.)
Watching a slew of Malayalam short films, I particularly liked ( based on The right kind of house -Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1958 ), the short film Grace Villa, that had Parvathy T and Rajesh Hebbar enacting rather effortlessly.
I was left wondering on the veritable treasure house of adaptable short stories- covering everything from horror to ghosts to adventure.
‘Lamb to the slaughter’ by Roald Dahl, is one such story! Of course, it has been adapted into visual forms by Masters of the Art. Yet, we might have an Indian version of it yet! I will leave it to the reader to explore the story and then imagine the possible short film in an Indian context.
‘Witness for the Prosecution’ is another classic by Agatha Christie. I wait for the day an Indian short film creates a court scene, capturing that stunner!
We are often treated to trite stuff, tripe, or plain terrible fare as audience. Short films offer a welcome change.
Short film genre is pretty good opportunity for writers and adapters to showcase some of the classy works of world literature. Only request is that, they acknowledge the original with due humility. In the era of google and rather wise audience, one click can reveal the true inspiration. Better to accept gracefully than shout of originality, is it not?