Actor Arfi Lamba, who made his debut in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008), has ample reasons to be excited. His short film on minorities, The Idiot, has been selected for the 40th Asian American International Film Festival in New York.
The 18-minute short, which is directed by Ruchi Joshi and Sriram Ganapathy, had its world premiere on July 27.
Inspired by true events, the short has been filmed entirely in black-and-white with Lamba playing the title role (in and as The Idiot). A political satire, the film touches upon the issue of Islamophobia and the directors have used dark humour to tell a serious tale, which exposes a society fed on religious stereotypes and paranoia.
Lamba is not new to short films. As an artist, he has been actively involved with short films long before he came to Bollywood. He has appeared in short films such as Shunyata (2007), A Perfect Murder (2007) and Rohan Sabharwal’s film Shades of Grey.
Though Indian audience is yet to warm up to short films just like the feature films, Lamba is optimistic about the future of short films in the country. Also, as an actor he wants to be part of every kind of cinema and hence does not segregate between mainstream and parallel films.
Lamba’s company Bombay Berlin Film Productions has co-produced The Idiot.
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