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Lalit Rao


Mr. Lalit Rao is a film critic from Jaipur, India, FIPRESCI India member. He is currently writing a book on 25 best French films (1990-2015). Apart from ''World Cinema'', he is interested in chess, foreign languages, linguistics and philosophy. He is also the associate editor of the quarterly magazine "Cinematography Art". Mr. Lalit Rao has reported extensively on film festivals especially 'World Cinema' through more than 40 blogs and 8 videos channels. Cinema journal ‘Deep Focus’, and ‘Bangalore Film Society’ were represented by him as their correspondent in Paris for 2005-2006. He also presented a paper on Canadian cinema entitled ‘A brief overview of Francophone cinema in Québec’ during 20th International Conference on Canadian Studies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 27-29 February, 2004. Apart from writing 1000 reviews on IMDB, Mr. Lalit Rao has created KINEMA, a database with information on 25,000 films. His articles in French and English have appeared in Deep Focus, Kinoglaz, Objectif-Cinema, Sancho Does Asia and Séquences. Mr.Lalit Rao studied Master 2 at Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris where he worked on ‘Distribution of Indian cinema’ in France. As a film critic, Mr. Lalit Rao has attended numerous film festivals in France and India.

 


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Short film ''Shameless'' underscores the importance of the adage ‘Respect for all’ as the cornerstone of all human interactions.

Shameless : A unique short film which underscores the importance of  the adage ‘Respect for all’ as the          cornerstone of all human interactions !!!! Indian short film ‘‘Shameless’’ directed by Keith Gomes reviewed by film critic Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) 29.01.2021.

                

Each day thousands of people come to Mumbai in search of jobs. Each one of them wishes to be treated with dignity and respect. However, this is not so often the case in one of India’s most famous city often labeled as the ‘city of dreams’ as one’s wealth and social standing determine how much respect a person is going to get in Mumbai. It is due to this unpalatable truth that even Bombay high court had to intervene in 2019 to urge the state government to treat all its citizens rich or poor with dignity.

That respect is a must for all human interactions is nicely depicted in Keith Gomes’ short film ‘‘Shameless’’. It begins with a foul-mouthed couch potato growing restless at home as the delivery of food which he has ordered through a mobile application is delayed. He is also bothered by the constant ringing of the doorbell.  He opens the door with a lot of hesitation to find a meek delivery girl. What follows is the beginning of a wacky adventure involving a heady mix of comedy as well as thriller elements. It reminds viewers that not treating ordinary people with respect is a malaise in Mumbai and other Indian metropolitan cities. It is high time that this malaise is addressed and corrected as one should treat other people in the same manner as they would like to be treated. 


‘Shameless’ is very much a modern film about developed India in all aspects. It shows a contemporary urban India where one is able to speak freely as one speaks a language with abundance of abusive terms and swear words. The language used in this film is both brutal as well as raw. However, it is acceptable by all and sundry as being symptomatic of the hard times in which we are living. 

 

 
While watching ‘Shameless’, erudite viewers will recognize how deftly director Keith Gomes has depicted the ‘urban’ versus ‘rural’ divide in his film. On the one hand there is a young IT (Information technology) professional carrying out all his daily tasks namely work and ordering of food through technology which is easily accessible to people in urban cities of India. On the other hand there is a delivery girl for whom laptop and a mobile phone have limited use as she cannot use these gadgets to send money to her mother in a remoted village as there are no banks. Both actors Sayani Gupta and Hussain Dalal  played their roles with finesse.     
 
 ‘‘Shameless’’ is a well-made short film which tackles many burning issues such as aggressive behavior, sense of identity, digital dependence, frustration etc. What makes this short film unique is the fact that it is one of the rare Asian short films which has managed to speak about these pressing issues. Lastly, it drives home the message that human beings should have respect for each other and nobody is inferior to anyone. May more people watch ‘‘Shameless’’ in order to create a society where everybody is treated with utmost respect regardless of his/her social class or status.
 
Indian short film ''SHAMELESS'' 

Presented by : Shabinaa Khan

Direction & Story : Keith Gomes.

Produced by : Ashley Gomes, Keith Gomes, Sandeep Kamal

Cast: Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal & Rishab Kapoor.

Cinematography : Ovais Khan.

Editing : Huzefa Lokhandwala.

Sound Designer: Resul Pookutty.
 
 

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Mr. Lalit Rao (member-FIPRESCI) writes for this website on a regular basis as a film critic publishing reviews on his profile

In February 2017, he participated as jury member during  9th Bangalore International Film Festival 2017.

In 2014, he attended 19th International Film Festival of Kerala 2014 as a member of film critics’ jury.

As a film critic, Mr.Lalit Rao has attended film festivals in India as well as France namely International Film Festival of India (IFFI), International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, Paris : Cinéma du Réel-Festival International de films documentaires, Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent? Saint-Denis, Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine, Vincennes & Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie, Vesoul. 


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