Monday, July 04, 2011

Best Indian Short Films For People Who Are Bored Of All The Masala!

I have to thank Sandeep for this. If I had not seen the "Mittai Veedu" video posted on his Facebook profile, I would have never ever come across these set of interesting short films by Balaji and some other talented directors whose videos deserve a larger audience than the one available on YouTube. These films are truly worth your time. If you are someone like me who has had enough of meaningless masala, commercial films with little depth and variety, you MUST check out the following videos. Most of them are in Tamil but these videos have English subtitles to help you out. If you are not able to see the translation, click on 'cc' at the bottom right of the video. The subtitles are a savior for me because my understanding of Tamil is somewhat limited. Which brings me to a question which is totally out of context -- am I the only Mallu who sucks at Tamil? As contrary to popular notion, all mallus do not walk, talk or speak Tamil. Some of us (yours truly included) know next to nothing about Tamil. And FYI, Mallus and Tamilians are totally different and are NOT the same. I have lost count of the number of people dismissing mallus off with a wave of their hand saying "Tamilian or Mallu. Whatever. Same only no?". NO! Not same only. Fools. Dammit. Ok. Must-Stay-Calm. Let's get down to business, shall we? :D

1. The Dream Symphony

With a little bit of kindness and a lot of love you can change a person to whichever way you want him/her to be. In this short film, you will see how an old man dreams of hearing his grand-daughter sing his favorite symphony. But when she comes back from abroad, things are not like how he had expected them to be. My personal favorite.

2. Mittai Veedu (Sweet Home)

The next video is the sweetest ever. It talks about a prospective daughter-in-law and mother-in-law meeting for the first time and the various apprehensions they face before and during their first meeting. The girlfriend is dead-scared that the guy's mom will consider her as a threat and the guy's mom is scared whether the future daughter-in-law will snatch away her son from her. However, all's well that ends well. Cute, funny and true to life. I can't share "Mittaai Veedu" with English subtitles here because there's no embedding code available for this particular video. You can watch the video here.

3. How To Mess Up In Love

This is what college love is all about...

4. Arranged Marriage

Most of you might be familiar with the next video. This one went viral on all popular social networking sites. I wouldn't even dream of asking some of the questions that this female asked to the guy (she seems SO snooty, I'm actually surprised the guy agreed to marry her) but I believe that such a time isn't far when almost everyone would ask such queries instead of the typical questions two strangers generally ask each other in their supposed first "arranged" meeting. In my aunt's own words - "Soon prospects will start asking each other their sexual preferences in their very first meeting itself!"

P.S - If you have the time, don't forget to check out my article on the Viewspaper here. I'm thrilled by the response it got. 74 people have shared it so far! :) :) The Viewspaper is a leading online magazine recognised as India's youth voice by channels like NDTV, ET Now, IMF and Mint.


  1. True dhanya saw this short films before...short,sweet n meaningful something which the lengthy movies cant be...btw congrats for the airtcle u r truly an inspiration for the luck :)

  2. Ive already seen 2 outa the 3 :) really like Mittai Veedu!

    you should also check out 'Pannayarum Padminiyum' :D Tamil short film. its a funny 1 :D

    here is the link -

  3. Lovely post..Thanks for the awesome links..Loved the dream symphony one and mittai veedu especially the grandad; he is so cute..!

  4. All 3 of the posted videos were actually a part of a TV series on a provate Tamil channel where budding directors would make such short films which would then be critiqued by an eminent film director.

    Totally agree to the fact that a lot of these short films make more sense than any meaningless masala movie.

  5. Hey..thanks for sharing..

    Loved the 3rd and 4th one :))

  6. Sumaiya11:01 PM

    hey nice template! i love it! :)

    gonna check out the videos now..

    and yeah i had the same thoughts as u on the arranged marriage female LOL...

  7. Nice new look dear and i loved the short films. Will read the article some other time, goin to sleep now. :)

  8. This a awesome post!
    Havent seen any of it :|
    iWill!! :)

  9. Awesome blog Dhanya!
    Content, aesthetics, both rocking!

    Sachin Garg

  10. Congratulations for being published :)

    and this is a much needed post.. bookmarked.. thanks for sharing!

  11. Anonymous11:53 AM

    thanks for the interesting information

  12. Last one seems interesting...I should watch this, may help soon!!

  13. hey u frgt the latest release. PANAYARUM PADMANIYUM .. check dis link also

  14. Thanks for sharing

  15. Hi Dhanya!

    Nice post.

    Every year we organise a short film competition, called the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP). Teams have only 48 hours to script shoot, edit & submit a 4 to 7 minute short. This is part of a world tour happening in 100 cities worldwide, and in India we organise it in Hyderabad (April), Delhi (August), Mumbai (October). More info on
    You'll be amazed to see what fantastic films our teams make in 48 hours.. magic, really!

    Preeti Gopalkrishnan
    India Producer
    48 Hour Film Project

  16. Simple... and cute list. but lacks the feel of that film you keep with you, after closing the video. May be more attention to detail and content would have made cute one's great :)


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