This year, due to Corona Virus, the ceremony reached the audience through online. Many such films were also seen in this ceremony which were selected, acclaimed and awarded in national and international festivals. The list of films in this festival, which lasted for a week, was so long that it was impossible to see all the films. Therefore, the organizers had extended the function further. Due to the greed to see more and more films, the inclination of the audience towards the short film was more. In the ‘Indian Shorts’ category, many young and new filmmakers were given preference this year. Apart from this, Indian filmmakers had a bigger representation in the short film category than documentary and feature films.
In this category, the film ‘Laali’ directed by Abhirup Basu was in the news. ‘Lali’ is a story of loneliness and sad fluttering from it. The central character of Lali is a man trapped in a daily customary structure, who lives in his own created world. In this world he has clothes, which he ironically leaves and leaves. Years ago, there is a poster of the orchestra actress ‘Lali’ in the village, long ago there is a necklifting doll bought at the fair of her village and there is a bottle of liquor knocking at her shop at a certain time every day. With this world and memories, he entertains his isolation. Then one day, redness enters his life. Lali opens all the soft windows of her life and love begins to enter her.
The story is not only told in monologue style but is also shown. It would not be wrong to call the film ‘Solo Performance’. Although there are many supporting characters, their appearance cannot be considered as a separate character. Often the actor needs a strong character but Lali is a film where the story demands a good actor. This is the reason why the director selected Pankaj Tripathi as the main character of this film. Film director Abhiroop Basu says that ‘Pankaj Tripathi is Virender Sehwag of acting. Just like Virender Sehwag does not know how he will play the next ball, similarly Pankaj sir does not know what he is going to do in the next scene. This is what makes her acting special.
Pankaj Tripathi, who sets the naturalness without deciding anything, binds the film to the audience. His naturalness creates amazing realism in this film. Balraj Sahni once said – If the act is natural then everyone likes it. While performing acting that looks natural to the viewer, the actor may have to do many unnatural things. His point of view is different from the viewer’s point of view. Every such actor has his own technique, which he has learned after deep study and long practice.
It would not be wrong to say that Pankaj Tripathi not only has Virender Sehwag in this film but also Sachin Tendulkar, on whose strong shoulders this entire film was set and they have played it well.
On the dependence of an actor on the film, director Abhirup Basu says that he always writes the film keeping the actor in mind. So when he thought about this film, only Pankaj Tripathi was in his mind. And they have been lucky so far in this matter. In his last short film ‘Meal’, he also got a chance to work with a strong actor like Adil Hussain. In Lali, Pankaj creates a silent world of acting around him, in which he folds the clothes of concentration and concentration. Are and seem to give a silent response to the events happening around. Pankaj Tripathi has nuances of subtle acting in these daily business. If you ignore these specifics, then maybe you are left bereft of their taste of acting.
In the film Lali, there is a pause not only in acting but also in the camera. The camera calmly stares at the main character with his daily life. The first scene of the film is about 9 ½ minutes long without any ‘cut’. In this ‘uncut’ scene, the camera does not seem to be moving anywhere, but just stays in one place. This scene does not seem cumbersome despite being long and slow. Abhirup has been using ‘Long Short’ very well in his film ‘Meal’ before this. They believe that by cutting the camera at every small interval, an artificial feeling is created, which keeps away from the audience the feeling that you are watching a film. More or less the same stagnation of the camera is also seen in the editing of his film. Which does not unnecessarily divide the scene into small parts.
The sound design of the film is also interesting. The main character of the film is a person unaware of the outside world struggling with latent loneliness. But somewhere on the pact line of its own world and the outside world, the film’s sound design rests, which brings the noise and sounds of the outside world to the audience, especially when the camera is busy covering the inner world of the main character.
The story opens in a different way without going through a lot of ups and downs. Which is reminiscent of the stories of Nirmal Verma. Lali shows the deep impact of European films, where daily life can be seen with a cinematic beauty.
While passing through the film, you will definitely feel inconsolable, but you will also get to see a little jeejeevisha and a sense of humor present in that jeejeevisha. After watching the film, a poet remembered this line – ‘Shanhai will cry that my soulmate is gone’. Lali, despite being a film, gives you the pleasure of watching theater, where you can enjoy the performance of Pankaj Tripathi’s solo performance by sitting in the hall. (Disclaimer: These are the personal views of the author.)