Set in the backdrop of the ongoing communal tension in the country, instigated by rival political factions, MEAL is an eleven-minute dialogue-less story about one particular household and yet about every other.
The atmosphere in the house is clearly that of unease. A woman in the kitchen carrying a bruise underneath an eye stares into the distance until a pressure cooker whistle breaks her dead gaze. A man in another room restlessly stuffs arbitrary things into a suitcase, seemingly preparing to leave the house in a state of fury. A child in school uniform picks up broken remnants from a wall clock. Today happens to be the first day of the Board Exams and he is already late. Also present in the house is an ailing grandfather restricted to a wheelchair who bears witness to it all.
The house is in a state of disarray, reflecting the chaos and lovelessness of both inside and outside – where everyone is a victim and everyone a perpetrator in equal measure.
Amidst all this, the family sits down for one last meal together.
Full Cast and Crew List:
Production Company : Owlz Neck Studio, YouthinMotion Pictures
Director : Abhiroop Basu
Producer : Sushila Jain, Sireesha Kadiyala, Madhu Singhee
Cast : Adil Hussain, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Avishek Jain, Arun Mukhopadhyay
Editor : Abhiroop Basu
Screenplay : Abhiroop Basu
Dop : Deep Metkar
Focus Puller : Gladwin John
Gaffer : Siddharth Kathir
Sound Design : Aakash Ghoshal, Sujoy Das
Art Direction : Ranajit Ghorai
Costumes : Amrita Mitra
Associate Director : Kunal Mitra
Chief Ad : Sreecheta Das
Ad Team : Alekhya Sengupta, Shiva Khator, Aishwarya Chatterjee
Make Up : Bhaskar Sen, Amit Bhatia
Production Manager : Subhash Jha
Boom Operator : Kunal Goel
Sunday Showcase – Meal#SundayShowcase Watch Rahul Desai in conversation with Abhiroop Basu director of #Meal – a short film centered amidst communal violence and complicated family dynamics! Find out how the filmmaker came up with the premise of the film. Watch it now: https://youtu.be/CRgzvBACpZA Curation Partner: White Wall Screenings
Posted by Film Companion on Monday, June 1, 2020