They walked in for dinner but they didn't know their relationship was on the menu’. That perfectly sums up this short film. Written and directed by Neeraj Udhwani, The Dinner, takes on one of the most controversial and touchy topic in Indian society – monogamy. The film may not go down well with some of the staunch supporters of the concept but it’s inadvertently targeted towards a different section of audience. Hence, viewer discretion is advised.
The film starts off innocently with a young couple (Rahul and Avni) who are set to tie the knot together, squabbling about their marriage preparations as they ride up the elevator for dinner at a friend’s place. They are greeted by this new couple (Sumeet and Barkha) and after exchanging pleasantries they prepare themselves at the dinner table. All this while, you hear a jabber of the TV set that is running in the background. It’s a special coverage of a renowned author who has written this book on polygamy – love outside marriage. Apparently, Barkha is a big fan of the book and believes love should not be confined to the institution of marriage. As everyone tries to assert their opinions, things just go awry.
Honestly, this could have been so much more. The acting is okay if not top-notch. The direction is on point but the lack of script just water downs the whole experience. There are a few short films that leave a mark, a message that you ponder upon even after you are done watching it. This fails at that, more so because it had touched upon a moot yet novel concept. It easily could have been more that ‘just another short film’. Seems like an opportunity lost. Nevertheless, if the idea of love outside marriage intrigues you then this could very well be right up your alley. You can watch the film here: