Ever since the inception of COVID-19 a.k.a Corona virus disease, the world has been impacted mentally, physically and financially which has caused severe destruction to everyone’s life. Tamas, a short-film, completely shot during the lock down period, gives out a well-intentioned message in a span of 23 minutes.
Tamas tells the story of Rishi (Adhvik Mahajan) who has suffered a mental block down after ending relationship with his girlfriend and is about to commit suicide but then a voice (Rashami Desai) from the adjacent flat comes as a saviour for Rishi.
Produced by Neha Adhvik Mahajan and directed by Adhvik Mahajan, Tamas succeeds in giving the holistic view of situations occurring in the lockdown – impact of COVID-19 and lock down on our lives like maid barred from entering our house, cooking food by ourselves, social media impact where Hindu-Muslim fiasco is unnecessary created by the media house to garner the TRP.
Made on a shoe-string budget with a hand-held camera and completely shot in one just apartment, Tamas relies on the concept of perception we create for a person even before meeting and try to judge the character based on the caste and religion. While the conversation between Rishi and Saina is good, Tamas leaves you wanting for more. The cinematography is poor while editing is just about okay.
Tamas turns out to be interesting thanks to solid performance by Adhvik Mahajan. The actor, who is also the writer of the film, does succeed in emoting expression through his performance. Rashami Desai shines in a cameo and is a delight to watch.
Overall, Tamas is a good watch which gives a good overview of the lock down period. The short film also stresses the need to talk especially if you are suffering from depression. Nice 3/5