Disclaimer: In this Unpaused movie review, I am only going to talk about the good and bad aspects of the 5 films. There won’t be any spoiler, so you can read this review carefree.
Unpaused is an anthology consisting of five beautiful short films directed by 6 different Indian directors. Every film tells an unique story which happened during and after the lockdown period of COVID-19 in India. This is an Amazon Original which released on December 18, 2020 on the platform.
ALSO READ: Mirzapur 2 Review: Worth the Wait but…
The film’s runtime is very good, It’s just 1 hour 53 minutes long which makes it an engaging movie viewing experience. You got to see one film after another, with a totally different settings and that is the most interesting part about it. Now let’s dive deep into the movie discussion and talk about every film individually.
The first film of the bunch is directed by Raj and DK, who are famous for their innovative style of storytelling and here they did nothing different. Glitch starring Gulshan Devaiah and Saiyami Kher is a story about two completely opposite people who went on a date. How their lives changed after that meeting is the basic premise of this film.
At first, it was confusing but five minutes into the film things started to make sense. The time period at which it was set in is very terrifying to imagine in reality but the inventiveness of the writers even made it enjoyable. There’s so many possibilities with this film that Raj & DK can make a full fledged feature film out of it. Among all the films, this is the best to be very honest.
2. THE APARTMENT
This Nikkhil Advani directed social drama is a story of a TV personality played by Richa Chadda. She is having some major problems in her personal life, which forced her to commit suicide. But right at the moment, she met a stranger(played by Ishwak Singh) who diverts her from making this stupid life ending decision.
The screenplay of this film is very nicely done. The essence of thrill, suspense and hope stayed to the end, which I personally liked very much. Ishwak Singh was so natural in front of the camera. Even though his role was short but it was effective. Richa did her part brilliantly. The trauma which she’s going through was clearly visible on her skin. In a whole, it’s a good watch.
This Tannishtha Chatterjee directed film tells the story of two independent women from two different generations who lives in the same building but on different floors. During the lockdown, how their lives collides with each other and what they learn from it is the ultimate premise of Rat-A-Tat.
Lillete Dubey and Rinku Rajguru who played the two main leads are so good that you can’t take your eyes off the screen. But the mediocre writing made the film less engaging. I was 7-8 minutes into the film and I can already sense the dip in the storytelling. However it ended well for me but the way I am enjoying it at first was missing.
The most hard hitting film among the five is this one for sure. It is directed by Avinash Arun, who earlier directed series like Paatal Lok. Vishaanu shows the ground reality of migrant labours in the country during the uncertain times of complete lockdown and also takes you to a journey of fantasies & desires.
Abhishek Banerjee and Geetika Vidya Ohlyan played their characters to perfection. The small details in their behaviour during the stay at the luxurious apartment is so well done. From the desire of fulfilling your dreams in the nick of time to the sudden realisation of your place in the society will surely give you chills. Really a must see one.
5. CHAND MUBARAK
And the last one from the bunch is this Nitya Mehra directed film which shows the building of a connection between an elderly woman(played by Ratna Pathak Shah) and an auto rickshaw driver(Shardul Bharadwaj). How they met, what they learned and what they shared with each other during their time together is the premise of the film.
In simple words, Chand Mubarak is cinematically very beautiful. From the rolling of tyres on an empty Mumbai road showing the night view of the city to the waves hitting the shore on a rainy day, it has all the elements to make you stick in front of your screens. In the film, Ratna ji was brilliant as always but the one who shines a little stronger here was Shardul who nailed his role and made viewers fall for him.
As a whole, Unpaused is definitely a must see for anyone who’s looking for some good stories to watch After learning that it was shot during COVID-19, it made me personally very excited for this film. Now I am really looking forward to more such projects from all the directors.