Tindey movie review: Adah Sharma, Rajesh Sharma and Ashwini Kalsekar short film is funny and heart-warming
Seema Desai’s Tindey is Pati Patni Aur Woh but way better. The 21 minutes and 11 seconds short film is about a couple (Rajesh Sharma and Ashwini Kalsekar) and husband’s attempt to have an extre marital affair with much younger Molly (Adah Sharma), whom he meets via a dating app called Tindey.
The first thing that grabs your attention in this short film is the aesthetics and the way the characters have been concieved. The middle-aged couple here are as real as it gets. Seema Desai leaves an impact in her debut and the way she has handled the scenes between Rajesh Sharma and Ashwini Kalsekar will hit you right in the feels. Also, the scene where she has used Amitabh Bachchan’s Deewar and Sridevi’s Chalbaaz posters will you leave you in splits. Also, props to her for handling a complex subject like extra-marital affair with finesse.
The dialogues blend in well with the narrative. The music too serves its purpose, even though it is forgettable. The cinematography is fine and production design is good. Background score is okay too though at times it was manipulative.
Seema’s direction has been complemented very well by the performance of its lead cast. Adah Sharma has looked great and she has performed well. I wonder why we see less of her on-screen. She has a good screen presence as well.
Rajesh Sharma is outstanding as the husband looking for an extra-marital affair. Even when his character is cheating (emotionally, at least) on his wife, it’s the innocence with which he has played this character that makes you not hate or loathe him.
But, the scene stealer here is Ashwini Kalsekar. She is simply brilliant as the ever supportive and loving wife. Be it comedy or emotional scenes, she nails it. Watch out for that scene when she tells her husband that he should take care of himself and that he is her one and only. Or her physical humour in the bedroom while sleeping. She is complete natural.
On the downside, the writing was just about serviceable, which leaves you wanting for more by the time movie ends. Also, I didn’t understand the logic behind using Adah Sharma’s stuff cat Radha, who, by the way, has an actual verified Instagram account. The inclusion of the cat didn’t serve any purpose to the narrative and was kinda weird.
Overall, Tindey leave you smile and a warm heart and has some solid performances. Watch it.