Short Film You Need To Watch : Khoon Ltd.

Ever heard of vampires in Indian cinema? No? Well, that’s about to change.

Rahul Desai’s Khoon Ltd. is a poignant tale of a vampire torn between his desire to belong and his thirst for blood. Tackling themes like obsession and loneliness, Khoon Ltd. is exactly what it was destined to be – a taut short film.

The ominous ‘beep-beep’ alarm neatly sets up a sense of foreboding as we see the protagonist rushing back to his dark abode before he falls prey to the first ray of light. Eventually, we learn that he has an older man, who he tends to regularly, fetching food (yes, the usual vampire food) for him; quite possibly, his father — although the film never makes this explicit. The vampire, also, has a soft spot for a girl. In the dark of the night, he climbs up to her balcony and finds solace in seeing her asleep peacefully. He yearns for her and there is nothing he can do about it. As time passes, the relationship between him and the older man deteriorates and before he knows anything, his world is thrown upside down in turmoil.

The night scenes are amazingly shot by Mihir Desai and they add to the eerie atmosphere of the film. The protagonist (Siddhartha Chaudhary) is a nicely etched out character, one driven by his own compulsions. Shot at real locations that give it an authentic feel, Khoon Ltd. seldom loses steam because it is tightly scripted and also because it does not reveal all its cards at once. Look closely and you’ll see that it is not that difficult to find parallels that the movie draws with the lives that we lead. Disguised it might be as a film about vampires, but look further and you’ll see that it is also an examination of the way we bow down to our seniors/authorities, without questioning them, without caring about the troubled waters that we might wade into.

Even if you don’t want to look any deeper and are just looking for some entertainment, there is plenty of entertainment to be had. It has a color palette that gives it a bleak and depressing feel but that is all part of the design. Rahul Desai is also credited as the music composer for the short and he succeeds in giving the film the sound it deserves. Keep an eye open for this film because it is an honest and an effective attempt to create a vampire film that can be hailed as one of its kind.

Oh and did I mention? One of the film’s biggest strengths is the absence of a single line of dialog. Yep, you heard that right.

The film will be premiered at Fantastic Zagreb later this month.

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