Human mind creates a path of aspiration in its own way. The strength of mind creates the willful wish to overcome the obstacles of life to achieve something. The achievement may not be Himalayan always but achieving something for the wish of own soul without bothering about the people around is also towering. “Aunty Ji” is a short film about two protagonists, where one is determined to fulfill her own wish and influences other to progress towards her ambition to succeed.

Human mind creates a path of aspiration in its own way. The strength of mind creates the willful wish to overcome the obstacles of life to achieve something. The achievement may not be Himalayan always but achieving something for the wish of own soul without bothering about the people around is also towering. “Aunty Ji” is a short film about two protagonists, where one is determined to fulfill her own wish and influences other to progress towards her ambition to succeed.

Aunty Ji/Parveen (Shabana Azmi) is an elderly Parsi woman who wants to have her first tattoo for the remembrance of her late husband. She is old for the quote unquote society around her and does not belong to the age to paint a tattoo on her body. Geetika (Anmol Rodriguez) is an acid attack survivor, looking to be in the office for the first time in her first job. Geetika meets Parveen in a medical store as she is in need of changes to pay the amount required for her taxi ride. But as the day progresses, Geetika faces different types of discrimination for her mutilated face in her first day at office and that creates a shadow of negativity in her mind. She decides not to continue with the job. But in the evening, she meets Parveen at her residence to return her borrowed amount and the interaction brings back positivity in her mind through the energetic approach towards life of Aunty Ji/ Parveen.

Shabana Azmi is one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema and portrays the character of Parveen with perfect subtleness and grace. The director Adeeb Rais uses many close shots to capture the facial expressions of Aunty Ji brilliantly in the film. Anmol Rodriguez is a real-life acid attack survivor and that allows her to portray the character of Geetika with convince and candour.  Cinematography of Siddharth Srinivasan blends perfectly with the narrative and the editing of Sumit Lalwani has helped to pace the film perfectly.

The director Adeeb Rais places two characters perfectly in the film to uphold the statement of positivity. There are some striking moments in the movie to uphold the positive nature of Parveen’s character. She believes in the inner beauty of a person and she does not feel any repulsion to see the mutilated face of Geetika, which others feel in the narrative. The power and beauty of inner strength of mind has been portrayed with an everlasting positive note by the director Adeeb Rais which made “Aunty Ji” one of the best short films of recent times and a must watch.

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