The special screening of the children’s film Shortcut Safari took place at Nandan as part of the Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival. Ace cinematographer cum debutant director Amitabh Singh along with the cast of the film was present at this special screening of this film.
The film Shortcut Safari is the story of a group of students from school who go on a Nature trip. During their way back to school, they get stranded in a dense jungle. How they survive in the jungle and how they understand the importance of Nature is what the film deals with.
Ace cinematographer Amitabha Singh who had been related with other film projects like Chillar Party turned director with this film. The director must be given the credit for picking a topic related to children for his debut film. The narrative is linear and will appeal to the young audience whom he actually targets. Despite the fact that the film is about saving environment and also increasing awareness amongst the younger audience, the film never becomes preachy and boring. This is very essential when catering to the young minds of today, who get distracted very easily.
Some hitch, however, that I found in the course of the film can however mar this smooth viewing experience. Firstly the character played by actor Jimmy Shergill in the film. An extensive chat with the director however cleared things for us, but I doubt many seated in the audience may become confused. Secondly in the course of the film, a young student meets the much feared clouded leopard. Thinking it to be a big cat, she goes on chatting with the leopard. I mean this is absurd, given the fact that children today are so much ahead of their times. They will not surely mistake a big leopard for a cat, however small their age might be.
Shot beautifully in the forests of Dangs, the film is a visual delight. Coupled with the music of Resul Pookutty, the visual and the musical harmony lends a good feel to the film. The sounds of the jungle have been captured wonderfully and will be a good experience for the viewers watching the film.
The VFX and animation work is also better than many films made in recent times. The clouded leopard or the hyenas looked quite real and made for a good viewing experience.
Acting by the young boys and girls was apt and credit must be given to the director for actually letting them behave in their natural way. This lent an originality and authenticity to their behavior. The selection was also made by observing them in their school and selecting them on the basis of the character which suited them.
Shortcut Safari is a good film to watch. The film is slated for release next year during April-May when the summer vacation begins. Make sure you take your child to watch this. Entertaining and educating!!!
Director Amitabha Singh introduces his film Shortcut Safari
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