You and Me
Directed by Mrigank Dubey | Review by Triptayan Chatterjee
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]brupt sound of the running car and the humble turning of the relationship between two characters is captured uniquely with camera and sound device in a very important moment of the film. This is the actual starting of the incidents taking places in the life of the human being. After introducing the monotonous normal livelihood Director Mrigank Dubey gives the masterstroke here in his short film YOU AND ME. An offbeat way of life with calm and quietness, a sudden come back of early college day in the lives of Nishanth and Manjistha has made the theme of the film universal as well as like a journey through the center of a heart. The straight forward direction of the theme, a single line plot without any complex sub-plot, Capturing the moments of the events with an efficient camera, added with a beautiful soundtrack and natural acting, YOU AND ME has been a unique creation by the Director, who is a real storyteller of the human mind. Here is the feature of the film latent with its wonderful all-around characteristics.
An unknown side of the depth of life is uniquely described in the film. It can not be called a triangle of love. What actually shows is the reality of life covered with the social and psychological parameter around. The most important scene is the sound of passing a car when Nishant and Manjistha are sitting in a car. The sound symbolizes that the real story is starting here. Before the sound, it is only the introduction of the film storyline. Nishant and Manjistha are college friends. Nishanth proposed her but it was not accepted. Now Manjistha got married and went away and came back to the same city. At this moment they meet again and go for a trip on a Sunday in a deserted place. Nishanth again proposed her, but again refused. Nishanth promised to wait for the rest of the life. Both were unhappy in their life but did not face each other for a making a new dimension of life.
The script and the screenplay are delicately written. It is clear that the pace of the script is just by the pace of the evolution of life and the relationship between two persons. Film language is prominent in the turning and gradual opening of the mysteries of the relationship. Instead of shots, the sound scoring is used as the explanatory symbol. The camera works with extreme clarity. Music is so calm and explanatory that it seems to explain the depth of the story time to time. The conclusion has been just like a short film.
Theoretically, a short film should not bring any concrete conclusion of the message. A message will keep a question always for the viewers, that is what is the next? Here we should focus on the last scene. This scene is tremendously artistic. An empty sitting bench by the side of a lagoon or something like that is showing that the story of life continues and the answer is yet to be given. Director Mrigank Dubey can claim overwhelming credit for this artistically commercial film. Though short but it is a complete film.
Just if we go through the film, it is visible clearly that life and it’s chemistry and mathematics is not at all having speed. Everything has its own pace, we can’t avoid it. To maintain the pace, the screenplay, cinematography, editing, sounds have entirely have gone at par with the storyline. The storyline is also heart touching particularly for those who has never got a stable life of love. The basic instinct of human character has been delicately narrated in the film YOU AND ME by Mrigank Dubey.
Triptayan is a filmmaker looking for a different horizon. Earlier a journalist Triptayan has done intensive research on film language and made different documentaries so far. He is now concentrating upon feature film in a vast landscape. Professionally a teacher, Triptayan has also passion for making films threaded with the international and universal thoughts.