Visa Short Film Review
Manish Rahatkars 15 minute short appropriately titled ‘Visa’ tackles the illegal migration issue currently plaguing developed countries across the globe. Whether it is Syrian refugees migrating to Europe or Bangladeshi influx in India, these illegal immigrants look for a better life abroad and sometimes even end up paying a heavy price for their dreams.
Visa showcases a Pakistani nuclear family of Salim (Ishaan Khanna), his hindu wife Tejaswi (Shweta Basu Prasad) and their kid daughter curiously named Jasmine. They feel unsafe in their riot and terror inflicted country and wish to migrate to UK. Despite many attempts, their visa application is pending with the concerned authorities. Finally using fake medical documents for their daughter, they appear for the interview….
The short offers a sympathetic view of the illegal migrants even though it doesn’t delve much in to what actually led to Salim and Tejaswi to take such a tough decision to leave their homeland. There is a reference of Salim being an ex police officer getting on wrong side of high command. And ofcourse, the religion of his wife which is questioned even by the lowly high commission officer.
Shweta Basu Prasad, last seen as the coy but intelligent bhabhi in ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’, leaves a mighty impression as Tejaswi. Here’s an actor who deserves better and bigger roles in mainstream cinema.
Visa ends on an optimistic note which is kinda good. But it also left me wondering what will happen to this couple once they land up in UK? Will their dreams really be fulfilled? I aint sure. A scope for sequel, maybe…
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