Nawab Short Film Review: Aparshakti Khurana Shines in This Beautiful Little Film
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Nawab Short Film Review: Aparshakti Khurana Shines in This Beautiful Little Film

Nawab Short Film Review: This film touches your heart

  • Movie Name Nawab
  • Director Manasi Jain
  • Actor Aparshakti Khurraana, Geetika Vidya, Mallika Dua
  • Rating
  • Rating 3/5 Stars

Rating: ***(3 stars)

While the nation is in a swoon over Ashwini Iyer Tiwary’s short-film Ghar Ki Murgi, another short-film from the same producers (Royal Stag) released a few weeks earlier has gone largely unnoticed.

A pity, as it features the remarkably talented Aparshakti Khurana who I believe is more talented than his star-brother Ayushmann, more equipped to convey complex emotions. Here in the time-bound Nawab, Aparshakti plays Nikhil, an abandoned husband who refuses to abandon their dog after his wife leaves him.

Nawab features Aparshakti Khurana and Malika Dua

Nawab features Aparshakti Khurana and Malika Dua

The fleeting blithe film moves quickly through three segments of denial and acceptance. Nikhil won’t accept responsibility for the dog Nawab. He tries to get rid of him. Nikhil is reconciled to the presence of his canine companion. Aparshakti takes us through all the 3 stages of his character’s flash-journey with a clarity of emotions that most of our actors do not display in full-length feature films.

He is doleful and disbelieving when his wife, played by Geetika Vidya (the abused househelp in Thappad) leaves him. He is  hopeful when he approaches his sister-in-law (Mari Gorretti) to take care of the dog but she begs off, saying she barely has  enough energy time and space for her two sons (good point there about how being an animal lover is not enough to adopt a pet).

My favourite section of Nawab is in the dogcare centre where Malika Dua and Khurana are interactively agile as she takes him through all the excuses for not keeping the dog until she wears him down.

Nawab is a bright perky relevant and intelligent short-film. I want to see more of writer-director Mansi Jain’s work. And I want to see Aparshakti get the same fame as Ayushmann, if not more. Or does fate only allow one star in every family?

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