This world is full of desires and attachments of people, and perhaps these very emotions keep us connected to this world even in the afterlife. Bin Bulaaye explores this very idea. It is a MAMI-winning short film uploaded to the Royal Stag Barrel Select LargeShortFilms YouTube channel.
Bin Bulaaye follows the story of a woman (Ira Dubey) who lives alone in a house which she previously shared with her father. The events of the film take place a year after her father’s death.
On his death anniversary, she gets his favourite food cooked, but when she sits down to eat alone at night, the extra puris surprisingly disappear.
She finds her father’s last words, his poetry. As she struggles with her personal issues, her father’s words and an unknown, yet familiar, presence guides her.
Dubey, as the protagonist, fits perfectly into the role. For the most part of the film, she has performed her part well. However, there are times when her dialogue delivery seems too rehearsed.
Arfi Lamba, in the side role, is average at best. He fails to portray his emotions with intensity that his character, a guilt-ridden man seeking forgiveness, demands.
Anshul Tiwari’s direction is worthy of praise. He successfully creates a paranormal atmosphere without a sense of apprehension. He combines the outside calmness with the mounting suspense inside the house.
The treatment of the supernatural in Bin Bulaaye is refreshing. It is not the typical evil presence. Rather, it becomes an uninvited but welcomed presence that makes the protagonist feel wholesome in the end.
The bits of poetry, recited by Dubey and Naseeruddin Shah, add beauty to the film. They are perfectly timed and heart touching as this poetry becomes a guiding voice for the protagonist and gives the viewers a glimpse into the father-daughter relationship even in the absence of the father.
The film’s comment on attachments and desires is interesting as it shows that something as simple as one’s favourite food can keep them linked to this world and have them visiting for one more plate.
The film builds up some conflicts that are resolved too easily to be believable. The protagonist struggles with her relationship problems throughout the film, but when she does forgive others, it looks abrupt, like an unsatisfying resolution.
Apart from this, there were other unconvincing bits also. The protagonist’s reaction to the inexplicable and suspicious happenings in the house did not seem natural. The film could have dwelled more on this aspect.
Bin Bulaaye is a short film, but it might end up teaching you some lessons. It is an interesting one-time watch that leaves a lot to the interpretation of the viewers. Watch it and maybe you will come up with something fascinating.
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