Unpaused review – Mixed bag anthology

Title: Unpaused
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Saiyami Kher, Richa Chadha, Sumeet Vyas, Lillette Dubey, Gulshav Devaiah, Rinku Rajguru, Ratna Pathak, Abhishek Bannerjee, Shardul Bharadwaj
Director: Raj & DK, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun, Nitya Mehra
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Hindi

Story: This anthology consists of 5 short stories all taking place during the covid lockdown in Mumbai. Each story runs for around 20 minutes. The first story is Glitch directed by Raj and DK. It is set in a futuristic world and talks about the relationship between two youngsters during lockdown which goes on till then. The second story is The Apartment by Nikkhil Advani and deals with a disturbed wife. The third titled Rat-A-Tat directed by Tannishtha Chatterjee deals with two neighbours and their conversations. The fourth story is Vishaanu by Avinash Arun and shows the plight of migrant workers during the lockdown. The final story is Chand Mubarak by Nitya Mehra and follows the thoughts of an unmarried elderly women and her conversations with an auto driver.

Performances: There is no major scope for any actor to stun us with their skills but all the actors have performed well in given space and none of them looked out of place. Richa Chadha is the most popular face among the lot.

Technicalities: Camerawork is neat in all the stories but especially good in the first and fourth stories. Music is appropriate and editing is fine. All stories take place in limited and isolated locations and create the feel of a lockdown.

Analysis: With only 20 minutes in hand and a lot of restrictions while shooting, it is very hard to create anything mesmerising or out of the box visually. Putham Pudhu Kaalai, a recent Tamil anthology was based on a similar theme and it was quite satisfying. Everything depends on the writing to create an impact within limited duration. Nikkhil Advani and Avinash Arun have made best use of their writing skills and have touched two important points through their stories. These two stories are definitely the best among the five and stand a notch higher. Also, these two stories are more closely related to the lockdown and it’s effects. The other three stories are not supported by strong writing and do not create much impact. The first story carries a good idea but misfires during execution. The third story is not clear on what it is trying to convey and the final story is sweet but just doesn’t create the desired feel.

On a whole: Unpaused is a mixed bag and has a couple of good stories and a few mediocre ones. You may watch it if you are bored.

Rating: 2.5/5

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