Starring Amrita Puri, Aisha Ahmed; Directed by Zoya Parvin
With the onslaught of innumerable OTT outlets, there was bound to be a glut of options. Even if you are a glutton for content Clean , a short film about two sisters digging deep into their mutual antagonism to rationalize the tension they share in the present tense, is way too ambitious for its own good.
First, the casting. The two actresses playing the sisters Sabah and Meher , seem to have been over-directed in a script that clearly wants to say more than it is capable of. The miniature plot has no room for an organic narrative expansion. So we hear all the incidents in the stormy past, from the sisters bickering, rather than seeing what happened.
Going by the velocity of the verbosity , why not a radio play? The screenplay lacks a visual quality. The actors seem to focus more on the words that they have spit out at one another rather than the emotions underlining them.We hear of devastating emotional crises in the past—a woman is betrayed by her lover, a child from a broken relationship is adopted by the sister of the betrayed woman,a marriage struggles to survive…all of this, plus more in less than 20 minutes? Value for money?
You have to be kidding! In their desperate bid to outrun the narrative the performances by the two lead actresses are overwrought and over-punctuated especially Amrita Puri who struggles to give a shape to her character’s messy outpourings. But everything seems to go wrong: from the way the sister’s chain of recriminations is triggered off to the venue for the tirade.
Who talks about adoption rights and parenting wrongs on the stairs of a hospital where a loved one is dying? This is a short film with too much to say in too little time , and lacking the coherent voice to say it all in a lucid tumble.