Just as I was looking to branch out my zone of criticism and begin to review short films, I was given the opportunity to take a look at this 3-minute quarantine-themed prologue called The Last Letter, by Shivam Sharma, based on a semi-futuristic insight into what life might be like three years from now, once the COVID-19 storm has cleared and the healing process has begun.
The Last Letter’s beauty lies in its monochromatic tones, which altogether illustrate Radhika’s colorless life as she grieves her husband’s demise. From start to end, every frame is captured with utmost thought and strategy to build up her daily monotony by depicting her household chores. Radhika’s narration keeps the audience engaged – the way in which she recounts her love story gives off the idea that although physically she attempts to live in the present, mentally she is still floating in her happy past…which, of course, leads up to her accidentally cutting her finger while chopping vegetables! Although subtle, the intelligent-yet-emotional combination of Radhika’s words and actions fuel this short film, while sure to hit our heart strings.
The prologue ends in quite an unexpected fashion – Radhika establishes that this indeed will be her last letter, after which, her road to complete recovery will begin. She no longer will feel the need to be absorbed in her memories and decides to make an active attempt to embrace the present. The radio sounds “kisi ke muskurahaton pe ho nisaar”, positive vibes radiate and fill the room as the audience is finally told the time period of the film. And as the woman walks towards answering the doorbell…we, as viewers, are reassured about the happiness and relief that is bound to enter her life.
This prologue is soon to be followed by a short film carrying on from the doorbell and honestly, I simply can’t wait for it. I urge you all to watch The Last Letter, cherish & embrace it and give us your opinion in the comments section. During these difficult COVID-19 times, let’s do our bit and radiate some positivity through such soul-stirring independent films and spread good vibes only.