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DirectorAkash Goila
ProducerSanjeevkumar Nair, Baisakhi Nair, Anmol Ahuja, Tarun Dudeja
CastKumud Mishra, Yusuf Hussain, Shivani Tanksale, Shashank Arora
Review byKishor Suryawanshi
Released onApril 19, 2018

“Large short films” nowadays are coming with good films and its a good platform for the film industry. Today I am going to review their new short film “Listener” which was published on 19th April 2018.
Film duration is 13 minutes and it’s worth to watch the film.

Note: Spoilers coming up

The film starts with a famous quote about good listeners from Calvin Coolidge the 30th President of USA.

Kumud Mishra is the lead actor in the film. We have all seen and appreciated his performance in big projects like Tiger Zinda Hai, Airlift, Rustom, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and so on. He is known to display a unique sincerity in his performances and this short film is no different.

Supporting actors Yusuf Hussain, Shivani Tanksale, Shashank Arora owing to their theatre background always deliver beyond exceptions.

The entire film is shot in one location which is an upper middle class restaurants and bar. The story is an interesting and new concept. While watching this film you may have doubts about ‘Professional listening’ being an actual job and do people actually hire such professional listeners? But the story and especially the performances make it believable.

Screenplay and 5 plot points – Inciting Incident, Lock In, Midpoint, Main Culmination, and Third Act Twist make the film engaging and interesting.

The film’s sound effect and background score are really gripping and add to the sweet and emotional climax as it lets you resonate with what the protagonist is feeling. Also, the peppy numbers in the middle of the story keep you hooked into the narrative.

Dialogues are written and delivered well, especially Shashank Arora’s scene, which shows how the younger generation is stressed due to the onslaught of social media. It’s a good insight weaved neatly into the script by the writer and brought to life by Shashank Arora.

Written and directed by Tarun Dudeuja the film is a definite like for most of the YouTube audiences. Tarun has worked on projects like Raja Natvarlal (2014), B.A. Pass (2012). For B.A. Pass he was the second unit director.

I like the film and I am giving it 4 stars for the performances, direction, music and writing.

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