The influence of Western fantasies over the traditional culture is infused impeccably in less than 7 minutes. Starting from a metaphorical divide right in the first shot, where we see Father praying on right side of the frame and the Boy watching Cartoon Channel on the left side gives us a flashy contrast immediately. The overwhelming film takes us back in time with an aspect of childhood intact forever. What an incredible concept, a Hindu boy born in the United States is bored with his Father’s meditation towards deities so he starts imagining the Hindu Gods as his Superheroes.
The Hindu Gods, Vishnu-Hanuman-Durga feature in the boy’s imagination fighting against an evil force- probably a multi-armed Asura. Each comes with their own color scheme, super powers and outfits lending a superlative color palette. For the whole 7 minutes, I was literally awestruck with the facets like devotion, interpretation, thoughts, power, striking animation sliding in front of my vision. Without any distortion in the grand vision and sincere belief, Director Sanjay Patel delivers Pixar’s one of the best short films. Highly positive in its approach is its real faith.
Rare use of dialogues (I guess every Pixar short film has this unique marvelous feature) pave a way towards an effective sound design- especially, the bell. The Sound Design during the Gods Battle Sequence which uses Bell (an important element during Hindu worship) brilliantly and aesthetically satisfies the soul. Michael Dyanna provides a soul raging ethnically infused background score, much similar to “Life of Pi” (2012).
The short film doesn’t demean the religious faith or beliefs but superlatively narrates a heart-warming mixed cultural story, a relevant one. And it’s for Adults as well as Children, the young Boy’s reaction towards the religion i.e. boredom is shouldered perfectly by Sanjay Patel who intervenes tools of creative imagination.
Insanely creative, religiously smart, glowing colors and appealing slice of life. I wish I had witnessed this on a big screen.
Release: 25 November, 2015
Director: Sanjay Patel
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