Short film review: Chutney

As the name suggests, the name Chutney is a symbol for all those ordinary people around us whom we fail to notice but add taste to our living in many ways.

Everyone we meet has a public face. The one they allow us to see. What if there is another side? A side so dark that it would make our souls shudder? The film peeps into the seemingly moral world of the great Indian Middle Class with its new aspirations of imported cars & organic food. With satire as a narrative, here is a voyeuristic look into these relationships and the dark secrets hidden while casually going about normal everyday lives.

Chutney is about the tiny Chutneys- inside each of our lives. Chutneys in our families & the Chutneys we make, in the whole world.

 It’s like a revenge of ordinary people. By ordinary, I mean that the film will make you think for a second about all those unnoticeable people around you and the kind of stories they might have.

The next afternoon, Dugal makes her way to Chopra’s home. There, she is served pakoras with a bowl of chutney — the condiment to which the film’s title refers.

As Dugal — at first hesitantly, then eagerly — devours the chutney and pakoras, Chopra begins to tell her a story — of love, of betrayal, and its sordid end. You expect the axe to fall at any time — this wronged, seemingly insignificant woman, what secrets does she know? While she seems to be naive, and Dugal the modern, worldly woman — which of the two is really all-knowing?

The end has an edge that justifies the film’s name, and yet, like chutney, Chutney too leaves you thirsty and slightly unsatisfied, wanting more.

Adultery and unfaithful husbands run through the plot scampering across the hazily hectic horizon of the plot redolent with threats of toxification and death. There are two domestic servants in the plot, one is killed after he discovers his wife cheating on him, the other one spits into the glasses of cold beverage before serving them to his employee and her guest.

After watching Chutney, we are unlikely to dip into a bowl of ‘dhaniya’ chutney without feeling our stomach churn. Tisca Chopra chews up the scenes, and kills it, in unexpected ways.Despite all its spiciness, it is never the center of attention or attraction in the Indian diet; it is never served alone.


“Chutney” a Tisca Chopra’s short film uploaded by ‘Largest Films’ Staring Adil Hussain and Rasika duggal is well directed by Jyoti Kapoor Das is what you haven’t tasted yet! It will take you close to the edge of your seat. It has a Chilling End.

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