“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” – This quote from Paulo Coelho’s ‘Eleven Minutes’ sums up the crux of this ‘eleven minute’ short film by Samar Khan aptly called, Waisi Waali Khushi.
This film written by Tarun Tripathi resonates with your hidden desire of living life on your own terms and is peppered with quotes which you might have read or perhaps ignored in email forwards or status updates on social networking site. These quotes never made as much sense as they do here, making you reflexively nod in acquiescence. The cliché of montage deftly shot by DoP Colston Julian and crisply edited by Shakti Hasija never touched you so much as they do here. The song by Ranjit Barot with simple lyrics penned by Amit Anand Chauhan and rendered by Shilpa Rao and Arjit Dutta never tugged at your heartstrings as they do here – waise waali feeling, waise waali experience, Waise Waali Khushi.
Actor Punit Malhotra handholds us to his world of dreams, aspirations, and a decision that changed his life while sitting on a beach with Masha Pour. In fact, the narration is so endearing that you discover the hidden ‘Banker’ in you. It compels you to buy that travel bag you’ve always wished for, to enroll for sky diving sessions you’ve always yearned for, to proclaim your love to the woman you’ve always dreamt of, to press the ‘send’ button of that resignation letter in your inbox as an unsent email draft, to breathe life into that rebel inside you which you’ve been hiding since you stepped out the college gate, to unleash the child within you, to unravel the Buddha in you, to experience waise waali zindagi, waise waali duniya, Waise Waali Khushi: