Short Films: Devi & Four

On March 2, ‘Devi’ was made available on YouTube for everyone to watch. It’s a short film produced by LargeShortFilms and directed by Priyanka Banerjee. ‘Devi’ stars Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Neena Kulkarni, Shruti Haasan, Mukta Barve, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Sandhya Mhatre, Rama Joshi and Rashaswini Dayam.

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It tells the tale of nine women and what they went through. You kind of understand it, but the end is heartbreaking and when you finally understand where these ladies are and what the setting is, it all makes sense.

‘Devi’ has a great story and amazing performances from familiar faces. But there’s just one problem, the same premise already exists and it was the idea of a student of Asian Academy of Film and Television, Abhishek Rai. His short film, made on obviously a small budget, was released in 2018.

On the same day that a reader here mentioned ‘Devi’, this post was shared by an industry friend on our timeline on FB:

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It’s possible that the same topic was tackled by two different directors, but it is impossible to have the same premise and setting. So clearly, ‘Devi’ was inspired by ‘Four’. If that is the case, they should be credited accordingly.

Either way, both short films are hard-hitting and at this point with how things are going, you can only have empathy, pray for change and hope for a better tomorrow.

We don’t want to say more, there’s no need to spoil it for you in case you haven’t see it yet.

Here are both Devi and Four:

Just want to say this, Kajol is amazing! They all are but she stands out. There’s so much emotion in her expressions! It works amazingly to portray what’s she’s trying to.

 

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