Fursat Review – Phone cameras have come a long way from clicking pixelated pictures to high resolution that can shame some of the budget friendly camera options out there. Consumers gladly opt for cheaper alternatives with such phone cameras which give them a similar finesse to that of a SLR or DSLR camera. In recent years, smartphones have also sometimes replaced the professional cameras used in filmmaking. iPhones have become a great accessory to shooting films and presenting stories through the small lens.
The latest short film to hit the scene is Vishal Bharadwaj’s Fursat starring Ishaan Khattar and Wamiqa Gabbi. It also becomes the first Indian film to be shot on an iPhone 14. Fursat was released on Apple’s YouTube channel on February 3, 2023 along with a premiere on Disney+ Hotstar. The 30-minute film tells a musical fantasy time travel romance between our leads. Acclaimed lyricist Gulzar penned the lyrics for the songs whereas Shiamak Davar choreographed the dance sequences. The music album is also available on Apple Music and sports spatial hearing technology which enhances the sonic experience of the listeners.
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Fursat tells the story of Nishant aka Nishu (played by Khattar) who is obsessed with time travel. He has created a device called ‘Doordarshak’. He is about to be engaged to Diya (played by Gabi) but on the day of his engagement, he engages with his time traveling device and is transported to a desert. At the desert, he sees Diya standing on a small balcony and she leaves. When Nishant comes back to the present, he realizes that he missed the engagement and Diya is standing in a similar pose as his vision.
The story moves back and forth between scenes as Nishant tries to go to the future. One thing that remains constant in the visions of the future is the desert. The desert is often considered as a symbol of creativity, revelation, loneliness and also clarity. The desert coming in Nishant’s future visions is a testament to the fact that he is perhaps struggling with something and that him trying to go to the future are his attempts to find his answers. Diya, his fiance, is a doctor by profession. She wants him to be with her in the present, but Nishant is obsessed to find out about the future.
The short film also sees a cameo by dancer Salman Yusuff Khan as a dacoit. With him and his gang planning a robbery, there are certain comic elements sprinkled in the short film. The songs between the sequences add layers to the story with their narration. They act like a whole narration by themselves for the whole short film. If one just listens to the album, then that would also provide adequate material for the story to stand on its own.
Interestingly, the word ‘Fursat’ means leisure, rest or freedom, depending on how one wants to perceive it. Adding the word as a title for a short film about the obsession with time travel is also a commentary. ‘Fursat’ is what the characters are looking for in the short film. It is something that each of them is seeking in their own way. While Nishant wants to have a rest from his anxiety about the future, Diya wants freedom from Nishats obsession. Do they eventually find it? You will need to watch the short film to know!
About the Fursat Cast and Crew
Ishaan Khattar is a Bollywood actor known for his work in films like Dhadak, Khali Peeli, Beyond the Clouds, and the latest horror comedy Phone Bhoot. Wamiqa Gabbi is a Punjabi actress who appeared in Netflix’s thriller series Mai: A Mother’s Rage and Disney+Hotstar series Grahan. Vishal Bharadwaj is a notable filmmaker, songwriter and singer with works like Saat Khoon Maaf, Ishqiya, Kaminey, Omkara among others to his credit. Gulzar is a veteran lyricist and scriptwriter in Bollywood with works like Maachis, Masoom, Khoobsurat, among others to his credit. Salman Yusuff Khan is a popular dancer and choreographer. He has appeared in movies like Any Body Can Dance.
Fursat – JAL Rating
Just A Library gives ‘Fursat’ a solid 4.5 out of 5 for its unique concept, fluid music and a stunning cast. Which movies shot on an iPhone or a smartphone have you watched? Tell us in the comments below!
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