Ajmal Kasab’s trial has been a matter of great frustration to the people of India. It has been more than 3 years since his arrest but an end to the matter is still not in sight. Oorvazi Irani’s short film K-File attempts to give a vent to the simmering anger amongst the public. The film definitely succeeds in its intentions and ends up being a cathartic experience for its viewers.
K-File, though purposefully heavily borrowing from the real world, chooses to take the fictionalized route to reflect on reality. The story and screenplay by Farrukh Dhondy is of a Home Minister facing the dilemma of the case of a terrorist(Asab) under a long controversial trial, much like Kasab’s in the real world, and the solution he employs to put the whole matter to an end.
Oorvazi Irani has deftly handled the job of direction. She and Farrukh Dhondy are brave enough to explore sensitive topics like minority politics without any inhibitions. The film is high on drama but not even once does Oorvazi let it go overboard. The performances that she has been able to extract from her actors, Tushar Ishwar as the Home Minister and Sanjay Nath as Asab, also go a long way in maintain the drama at a level that is very close to its boiling point but never crosses the mark. Sanjay Nath deserves special mention here for his exceptional performance as there is every chance of an actor hamming the role of a character which is a widely hated figure in public and thus reducing it to a caricature. Nath has also perfectly picked up the dialect and the tonal qualities you expect from a terrorist from Pakistan. Tushar Ishwar also makes the character of the Home Minister caught in a tricky situation very believable.
Martin Xavier’s cinematography also deserves a lot of praise. Oorvazi Irani who also doubles up as the art designer has shot the film at locations which feel very real. The prison cell is particularly notable. Also, Xavier’s use of light in the prison cell gives the whole atmosphere a grim and authentic look. Sorab Irani as the producer should be lauded for backing such a project. The production values right throughout the film is up to the mark.
The character of Asab feels slightly one-dimensional but there is nothing else you can fault with Dhondy’s script. The Home Minister is very smartly introduced by the screenplay with the use of dialogue. Finally, the fantastic twist in the story in the end certainly catches you unaware. Once the movie has sunk in after the end credits roll,with Ayan De’s effective background score, a smile is left on your face as you wonder whether the film has indeed found out a solution to the dilemma.
You can view the entire film below.
Making of The K File is mentioned as a separate post on the link provided.