The filmmaking club of MIT known as ‘Behind The Scenes’ held a screening for their short film, White Noise, on the 6th of April. The entire room was filled with chatter as they waited in anticipation for the film to begin. It opened with the classic Casablanca quote :-
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
This essential tool of foreshadowing is employed that ropes the viewer in right off the bat. The setting is on the beach, and it is assumed that this is a film that aims to be aesthetically pleasing and comforting.
As the film proceeds, it is understood with that this is a tale of two childhood lovers Ankita and Vikram, tracing their way back to each other in spite of the odds. The male lead struggles to invest himself completely in their relationship which proves to be their hamartia. This short film reflects the trials a lot of youngsters face today. With workload and deadlines creeping in at every nook and corner, it’s not easy to manage steady relationships.
Their journey from when they were young to where they’re now, is portrayed in a span of over 8 minutes. It is in many ways a coming of age story that urges you to see beyond what’s on screen. There are attempts to symbolize their relationship years ago and their current equation. It is gentle with seemingly fewer moving parts. The music paves way for understanding their journey in a much more palpable manner. Moreover, the accompaniment of Gulzar’s song “Mera Vo Samaan Lautado”, highlights the shimmer of hope that shines throughout this film.
However, for film aficionados, this seems like nothing short of a project that doesn’t incorporate much professionalism. The cinematography is subpar at most, quite plain, and far from avant-garde. The audio has a lot of issues at the onset and doesn’t do a very good job at blending with the dialogues. So, it doesn’t appear seamless with the ocean sprawled in front of the actors.
The conception and motif of the film doesn’t particularly standout either. At the end, you may call it as thought provoking, but definitely not as a form of art.
From a director whose niche is science fiction and comedy, this romantic endeavour is something which makes us wonder if he had made the right decision.
All the same, if you’re looking for a breezy, off the shelf, emotional pick-me-up, then you might have come to the right place. While it doesn’t offer any intellectual brainfood, it is sure to lift your spirits if you are a sucker for romance.
You can now check it out on Youtube at-
-Shuba Murthy for MTTN