CAST & CREW
‘ Makhmal’ is a short movie directed by Faraz Ali, starred none other than Jackie Shroff. Are you looking for something for time pass but also be meaningful? Do you feel like watching a movie with intense emotions? Then ‘Makhmal’ is your best bet! Set in the milieu of Mumbai’s beautiful marine drive and a lower middle-class family, this movie portrays the purity and innocence of a child’s love for her father.
Jamal (played by Jackie Shroff) is a low-grade velvet fabric designer who provides velvet cloth for Muslim weddings. He is divorced but dearly loves his only daughter, Saima (played by Palak Dey). Saima currently lives with her mother Fauza (played by Deepthi Sharma), in the movie, since she has the custody of their child. There is constant conflict between the couple which makes it difficult for the daughter to stay with her father even for a single night. So one day, Jamal suddenly closes his workshop and goes to meet his beloved daughter in a velvet disguise; a kind of fabric that Saima loves. Will Saima realize it’s her father beneath the disguise? Will Jamal get caught and face another punishment altogether? Watch the movie to find out!
Directed by Faraz Ali, a well-known short film connoisseur, the movie is bound to catch all the emotions a dramatic film ought to.With minimal dialogues, this movie is more about the feelings, and the message conveyed through the background music. Making use of instruments like a digital sitar, ‘Makhmal’ creates a warm, welcoming feeling. Something that the audience can relate to, with themselves. The story moves around a lower middle-class Muslim family for which the actors were dressed simply and coupled with the sepia filter used in the movie’s camera lens, the acts in every frame become more intense. There are some beautiful scenes which capture the sea along with the mood of the main lead, which can leave the audience teary-eyed. Even though the background score is perfect and reflects the spirit of the scene, the cinematography is quite unstable and adds unnecessary distraction.
With his flawless acting, Jackie Shroff hands down takes away all the attention in any scene! Palak Dey who plays the role of Saima has also done a marvellous job! Her innocence and love for both her parents can bring even a conman down to his knees. Especially the scenes, wherein both the father and daughter share the screen, are quite soul-stirring! Deepthi Sharma as the role of Fauza has a minor part in the noir. Nevertheless, she does a fair job of portraying herself as a loving mother who tries to protect the child from her divorced husband.
1. The background locations are consistent with the nature of the story which creates a higher impact on the audience.
2. The performance of Jackie Shroff and Palak Dey are on-point which is sure to wet your cheeks.
What’s Not There?
1. The story is too modest and short for a 17-minute film.
2. The story does not develop through the film and consists of loosely knit characters.
3. The cinematography is quite unstable and shaky which is a strain for the eyes!
If you’re looking for yourself a heart-breaking movie with an ulterior meaning in every scene, ‘Makhmal’ is the smoothest choice you could make!
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