Let’s begin from the end – for once!
Kuch tinke purane lekar zindagi
Ab naye gharon ne baandhe zindagi
Kuch waadein kuch nazrane
Woh baatein tere bahane…
The song played at the end of the short-film – as the end credits roll – sums up the film in the most beautiful way. And now, let’s go back to the beginning and start again!
Anu is waiting in a café, sipping green tea, and snatches a glance or two at her watch while trying to read a book. It could be any modern-day café in any location. Enter Dev with an apologetic smile, a ‘Sorry’ and an excuse of traffic. The duo get talking and as the story progresses we realise that they are a couple. Okay… ‘were’ a couple, rather, and share a son together. As they keep talking about the past, the present and hint at the future, we can see the care and concern Anu and Dev have for each other.
Like her warning him against using more than two sachets of sugar and him convincing her to let him give chocolates to their son… there’s a lot of positivity and good vibes that one can sense in the 11-minute short.
So, what brings them to the café that seems to hold a lot of shared memories for the duo? It’s their promise to each other to stay ‘best friends’ even after their divorce which, in a way, translates to look out for each other… just as Anu has done by introducing Aparna to Dev. With Aparna’s entry into, and Anu’s exit from, the café, a new chapter begins…
This beautiful short film titled Uncoupled – An extraordinary relationship treads a very tricky path of a post-modern couple in a post-divorce scenario. What makes the story tug at your heart strings is the delicate way it portrays the lovely relationship Anu and Dev share – no arguments, no pointing fingers, no drama, no ugly showdowns – just good-humoured banter and caring gestures!
Director Ravikant Singh’s deft handling of a subject like this, at a time when the number of divorces is on the rise, makes the movie worth a watch more than once. Cinematographer Nikhil Kamble and editor Ajay Varma have done a fantastic job. Most importantly, Vinita Mahesh as Anu stands out – her beautiful smile, soft-yet-husky voice and expressive eyes add charisma to her persona.