A person choices up a hitchhiker within the snaky foothills of Munnar. They get speaking about vehicles, and, from there on, ghosts. The lady, even though cool and inscrutable to start with, will get more and more agitated. The man begins flipping out. We might be looking at a horror, a mystery, a slasher… or the worst roughly street consciousness video.
“It’s always nice to keep the audience guessing,” says Shweta Basu Prasad, who stars because the mysterious passenger within the Amazon miniTV short film, Yatri Kripya Dhyan De. Directed via Abhinav Singh, the film is an easy man-woman yarn in a automotive, with out narrative fuss or over the top layering. It ends on a twist—threadbare but oddly efficient.
“The film is like a snappy elevator ride,” Shweta explains. “By the time you are out, you’ve watched a fun story.” Having by no means explored theatre, she loved the talky escalation with co-star Shaheer Sheikh. They shot for per week within the cool Kerala climate. With covid restrictions in position, the roads had been simply controlled, with “the beautiful tea estate workers in the background.” Directions had been relayed on walkie-talkies. There used to be no incident or slip up. “Shaheer is a good driver so I just had to sit and chill and do my lines,” Shweta laughs.
Yatri Kripya Dhyan De chimes with any other Shweta efficiency, within the Netflix anthology Ray. Her persona, Maggie, a bespectacled place of job woman, supplies the general twist of Srijit Mukerji’s Omit Me No longer. In each movies, a privileged guy is made to stand the negligence of his previous.
Shweta feels the theory of the ‘femme fatale’ or feminine antagonist is steadily evolving in Hindi cinema. “Take Tabu’s character in an Andhadhun, or Shabana Azmi in my first film Makdee. Or even Urmila in Bhoot. But generally speaking, it’s a slow change. It’s not a remarkable change.”
Final phrase, favorite automotive film? “Cars (laughs). I’m yet to catch Titane.”