Monster, A Horror, Thriller With Family At the Core
Monster Film Details
Director: Rahul Nath
Writer: Kshitij Salve, Rahul Nath
Release Date: Film Festival Circulation
Release Format: Short
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 11 min 5 seconds
A man and his daughter bond over something sinister and the only witness to their crime is an out of luck beggar.
Am well acquainted with Bollywood cinema and the stylized Horror themes from this market. Beliefs and conventions often limit interpretations of Horror content. The majority of themes in this genre center on the supernatural, but with limitations. The usual case revolves on a revenge aspect but it is rare to see western influences such as exorcisms. Actually, one film did release this year that was herald as genre defining for its use of exorcism thematics.
Nevertheless, Bollywood’s take on scare factor are a must watch for enthusiasts of Horror. That leads us to the topic of this article, Rahul Nath’s Monster.
Monsters develop as a slow boiler. It is challenging to elicit conclusions within the immediate stanza. As the film progresses we are witness to an uncanny relationship between a father and his daughter. The pair is vicious, or are they. As a spectator, I couldn’t help but reflect on the underlying theme to this film. Love serves as the catalyst to doing evil actions. I relished the deep layer of attachment between the two characters. Conveying this detail made each “monster” human despite the mysterious path they walk on.
To start, the cinematography work includes a compelling implementation and refined craftsmanship. From my experience, some Bollywood films I’ve seen were heavy in poor CGI. Director Rahul Nath avoids all those visual eye candies and instead concerns himself with visual storytelling. The lighting turned the environment into an area of despair. Set against the backdrop of a storage area, Nath sets the proper angles to reinforce dread and solitary. This area develops into a park, a kill site, and an exclusive dining space.
Another facet of this production am most impressed with is the acting. Amit Sial and Sara Patkar had an onscreen chemistry that can only fit as heartfelt. Nath is clever into cementing this father and daughter bond. Audiences will see a nice shot framing these two characters. Seconds before the end credits roll solemn music begin to play, that was a nice accent.
On accents, Monster has subtitles, this despite the conversation being often in English. It was nice to have that extra feature for those in the audience that may not have followed each performer’s accent.
Monster has originality written all of the production. The revelation in Act III was unsuspecting. Monster is a clever interpretation from script to screen. As shown, Nath delivers the narrative at a casual pace. The story lacked information on the martyr. I feel that feature merited further explanation.
Monster is a clever horror short that explores love and an indivisible bond between father and daughter. The narrative is a twister outlook on good parenting. The acting felt cohesive and persuasive. Although the narrative served not into one role, the audience has enough to connect with the principal roles.