The Confidant

Synopsis

The story of a housewife who is constantly on her phone, chatting, comforting and sharing a laugh with someone. It is by revealing the recipient of all of these calls that the film shares an important message about mental health.

Insightful in its content, and impactful in its context. The film underlines the need of the people, who are combating depression, to have a companion, with whom they can share their loneliness & longing. It captures the conflict of the mind, and the confrontation with the soul, beautifully. It is persuading enough to take action, without being preachy.

Review

4/5
A poignant drama that delves into one woman’s mental health.
Directed by Naved Ahmed, from a screenplay by Vikrant Dange, ‘The Confidant’ is a short drama film that delves into one woman’s mental health. The short centers around a housewife (Girija Oak) and her round-the-clock phone conversations. Set in India, the film was produced to raise awareness about depression and to encourage conversation as a tool for recovery. The short is filmed in the Hindi language with English subtitles.

The 3-minute drama opens with a housewife giving reassurance and comfort to a friend on her phone. Her distant husband sleeps behind her. The film continues with a sequence of her phone conversations, where she opens up to the friend about her stale relationship and her desire to go far away. The uplifting joy the lonely woman gets from the conversation is endearing to watch. The film concludes in poignancy when it is revealed she was speaking to herself on camera.

The Confidant International Short Film
Naveed Ahmed has created a touching film that acts as a salient reminder to reach out for support when dealing with mental challenges. Vikrant’s narrative is compelling throughout, with a jarring emotional twist. Girija Oak’s performance is highly commendable – due to her ability to showcase “the mask” within mental health. Cinematography is of an exceptional standard from start to finish. Music, editing and sound are of equal quality. A deeply moving drama. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Naved Ahmed
Writer(s): Vikrant Dange
Cast: Girija Oak
Producer(s): Sanjay Narang
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Specifications

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Depression, Isolation, Loneliness, Mental Health
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Year: 2021
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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Naved Ahmed
Writer(s): Vikrant Dange
Cast: Girija Oak
Producer(s): Sanjay Narang
Director of Photography:
Editor(s):
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Depression, Isolation, Loneliness, Mental Health
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Year: 2021

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The Confidant

Synopsis

The story of a housewife who is constantly on her phone, chatting, comforting and sharing a laugh with someone. It is by revealing the recipient of all of these calls that the film shares an important message about mental health.

Insightful in its content, and impactful in its context. The film underlines the need of the people, who are combating depression, to have a companion, with whom they can share their loneliness & longing. It captures the conflict of the mind, and the confrontation with the soul, beautifully. It is persuading enough to take action, without being preachy.

Review

A poignant drama that delves into one woman's mental health.

4/5
Directed by Naved Ahmed, from a screenplay by Vikrant Dange, ‘The Confidant’ is a short drama film that delves into one woman’s mental health. The short centers around a housewife (Girija Oak) and her round-the-clock phone conversations. Set in India, the film was produced to raise awareness about depression and to encourage conversation as a tool for recovery. The short is filmed in the Hindi language with English subtitles.

The 3-minute drama opens with a housewife giving reassurance and comfort to a friend on her phone. Her distant husband sleeps behind her. The film continues with a sequence of her phone conversations, where she opens up to the friend about her stale relationship and her desire to go far away. The uplifting joy the lonely woman gets from the conversation is endearing to watch. The film concludes in poignancy when it is revealed she was speaking to herself on camera.

The Confidant International Short Film
Naveed Ahmed has created a touching film that acts as a salient reminder to reach out for support when dealing with mental challenges. Vikrant’s narrative is compelling throughout, with a jarring emotional twist. Girija Oak’s performance is highly commendable – due to her ability to showcase “the mask” within mental health. Cinematography is of an exceptional standard from start to finish. Music, editing and sound are of equal quality. A deeply moving drama. Highly recommended.

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