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Cinestaan Curates: Ved And Arya is a welcome take on modern relationships

Release Date: 23 Nov 2020


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Sukhpreet Kahlon

Though one can anticipate the revelation at the end, it’s the matter-of-fact manner of it all that makes this short film by Ritesh Menon stand out.

Starring Nakuul Mehta and Sanaya Irani, the short film Ved And Arya, directed by Ritesh Menon, takes us into the world of siblings.

Events unfold one evening when Arya (Irani) goes to the home of her brother Ved (Mehta) on the pretext of babysitting his child, but he senses that there is another reason for the impromptu visit.

Arya is in a romantic relationship but is confused whether to take things to the next level. She seeks her brother's advice and Ved puts her life and relationships in perspective for her. There is tension in the air as Arya wonders what her brother will make of the new person in her life.

Ved And Arya takes a look at the shared world of siblings, where the two love each other without judging their choices. It is also a take on modern dating that is usually initiated online through an algorithm, leaving one in the dark about one's potential partner. Arya tells her brother about her date, “We matched at 94%”, and he replies, “It’s not a board exam. What does that even mean?”

The writing keeps the banter between the siblings fun while revealing more about them and their lifestyles. We learn that Ved is a doting father who takes care of his six-month-old baby while his wife is away. He does not judge the seemingly disastrous relationships that his sister has had in the past and, in similar vein, the film refreshingly does not make a big deal of Arya’s choice of partner either. Though one can anticipate the revelation at the end, it’s the matter-of-fact manner of it all that makes this short film stand out.

The performances of the artistes keep the film light-hearted as the characters engage in typical sibling leg-pulling but are there for each other when it matters. Irani conveys the anxiety of someone who is unsure about her choice and seeks approval from the person closest to her.

The Terribly Tiny Tales-backed short film is available on YouTube and has garnered more than two million views since it was first shared in March this year. Catch Ved And Arya here.

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