You Made me a Murderer
‘The Thought of You’ – Synopsis
An unassuming dinner with friends takes a dark twist at the end.
‘The Thought of You’ – Review
It has been a long time since I have seen any work of Kalki. I absolutely love her work and her acting so when her short movie ‘The Thought of You’ popped up in my Youtube feed; I just had to see it. And it was wonderful.
Deciphering the Plot
The scene starts with a couple, K (Kalki) and Gulshan Devaiah, are fighting while driving in their car at night and get into an accident. The story is narrated in fragments, jumping between the fight in the car and to the party which the couple had been drinking at earlier that evening. Because of this fragmented narration, there is an aura of eerie suspense with jitters of that ‘knowing’ feeling coming your way because somewhere inside your mind, you know what is coming yet you keep praying you are wrong (at least I hope you did think it is wrong!).
Kalki and Gulshan obviously have problems and Kalki is showing as a bit of an unhinged, psycho-controlling freak who has trust issues along with severe mood swings. When she sees her husband and her friend Monica (Monica Dogra) flirting with each other while she goes to fetch some ice, Kalki completely loses it and forces Gulshan to leave the party with her and drive back, drunk. Not really a great idea.
While on the way, the couple starts fighting about what Kalki saw and her husband seems to talk some sense into her and make her realize that, maybe… just maybe she was overreacting. She acknowledges the fact and starts profusely apologizing, now worried that Gulshan might be upset with her.
The way their conversation proceeds definitely shows that this isn’t the first time they are having such a fight. Something did happen before. Now, this could be either Kalki having presumed the worst in situations before or Gulshan actually have cheated on her and made Kalki suspicious of him but never being caught.
Their conversation clearly showed that despite being a strong, smart and beautiful woman, Kalki was very insecure when it came to her husband. She got jealous and jumped to conclusions very quickly and without thinking. Now, this may be because she is not quite mentally sound and maybe suffers from some complexion or disorder but the reason behind her lack of reason is not really explored in this short film. Neither is a backstory. Maybe, Kalki just wants to be appreciated and was simply searching for love which she couldn’t get from her husband. After all, like William James (Psychologist) has said,
Is this film worth 15 minutes of your life?
Heck yeah! Well actually it depends on the type of person you are, I think. If you like thought-provoking mysteries which leaving you questioning the lines between black and white? Then you are definitely good to go. If you simply want to kick back and enjoy 15 minutes of great acting and good production then you can indulge yourself as well. For anyone else, you might have to test the waters yourself….
The plot is gripping and it is overall well-directed. I am not the biggest fan of the script but it is not distracting or a mismatch with the rest of the film. So in these contexts, this short film really takes the cake. Also, the choice of song was also sinister and spot-on.
The movie really takes you for a ride and keeps you on your toes with suspense and a chilling excitement. You better watch till the end, because you will not want to miss it.
Also, maybe it was because the movie was shot so realistically and seemed to actually be unfolding in front your eyes and not on some screen far away, I seemed to be able to connect with the characters and stories really quickly and really well. It seemed to make the experience even more chilling and made me question the basic nature of human being. Maybe what the author Graham Greene has said is true;Human nature is not black and white but black and grey. Click To Tweet
Minor Rant (plus Spoiler Alert)
So, I read in some comments that people did not support the message sent in this short film that murder is ‘alright’. But, I personally felt that no such message was shown or promoted in the film. Yes, there is murder in the film. But that doesn’t mean that it is condoned. Nowhere in the film is it shown that murdering your spouse because that person cheated is perfectly acceptable.
I think that the message shown in the movie was that Human beings are not perfect. We lose control of our emotions, our anger and sometimes in that split second of lost control we end up doing things that we may (or may not) regret. No matter how normal a person looks, you never know what could finally trigger a person and make he/she lose it all. Crimes of passion are one of the leading causes of murder in the world.
In fact, I feel that if the theme was explored a bit more, then maybe they could have brought in the context of the relevance of getting a psychological consult every now and then for every person, like regular health check-ups so that we start giving relevance to the mental health of a person as well.
Have you seen ‘The Thought of You’? What do you think about it? Comment below! If you have not seen it then watch it on YouTube…