Chosen Few: Short Film Breakdown

The International Justice Mission and TVF (The Viral Fever) teamed up to release a film yesterday, 21 April, called “Chosen Few.” A gritty story inspired by real events, Chosen Few is incredibly adrenaline-rushing and heartwarming at the same time. Here’s what our thoughts were:

An Important Story Is Told

Inspired by real events, Chosen Few is about a young girl named Sani (name changed) who is saved from sex trafficking by Mumbai cops and an NGO worker. However, she was determined to rescue her friends as well, who were still held captive. The girl was not only given a fresh, clean start, but she became a heroine herself. She went back to the building where she was made to work as a sex worker, where she had faced abuse, so that she could rescue her friends. Bollywood, THAT’S the kind of biopic we want to watch.

Impeccable Acting

The cast is well-put together, with Vikram Kochhar (Sacred Games) and Faezeh Jalali (Hostages) playing a police officer and NGO worker, respectively. Obviously, they were great. But it wasn’t just them; the girls who acted as victims of trafficking, sex workers, the uncredited actress who played Sani, and Uday Atroliya who played the pimp’s role, all held their ground. A good ensemble makes a good film!

Altogether, A Slightly Clunky, Slightly Loose Film

All in all, I was lost in parts. While Rohit Mittal, the director, depicted the relevance of the film’s concept through authentic dialogue and a compassionate narrative, it feels like too much was trying to be said in just 20 odd minutes. The raid at the beginning was followed by further police investigation, then jumped to Sani’s healing at the NGO, then jumped to two boys buying bras and jewellery for the brothel girls, then jumped back to Sani and then to her friend Anita’s whereabouts, an undercover cop’s failed attempt at rescuing her, the pimp with the two young boys, back to Sani’s healing, then directly to her bravely going back to the brothel to help the police save the other girls.

Too many narrative threads were pulled out, and they didn’t really find a way to tie them all back together at the end. We were left with more questions (like who was the woman the police were taking permission from for the next raid?), wondering why characters were introduced and then left behind. Perhaps if they had stuck to one POV, or just Sani’s rescue, healing process, and then her saving the other girls, or just the police’s attempts…the film would have been tighter. More compact. More evocative.

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