The Curious Case of Rajam Hall

By Nikhil Kanakamedala

Rajam hall is small. Maybe it was big in the 70’s when there were fewer than 30 people in a department. But now, Rajam hall is small! And how much ever you try to adjust, sit on laps, stand near the doors, crawl in between the girls, somehow make yourself small; the hall can accommodate not more than 600 people. For student strength of about 3000, 20% can only fit and that too only if they are willing to do what I have mentioned.


And then they show this 😛

It was day 1 of Mitafest’ 14, the annual inter college festival of MIT. I found myself in a tightly packed Rajam hall to have a look at the short films that were featuring. It was difficult to breathe let alone get a seat. I took a breath every now and then. A couple of films were put up and here I would like to review them.

1. Naadharigal (Host Performance) : A Rishi Karthik short film

A comic attempt of the current triangle, rectangle and pentangle of relationships. It deals with three boys studying at MIT desperate to find a partner. Rishi does a wonderful job in acting, directing and editing! Phew, one man army! The casting could’ve been better and the plot as a whole lacked a solid story. The climax leaves us with a feeling of incompleteness. Rib tickling one-liners were well received by the audience which is one of the strong points of the film.
My rating: 8.1
Audience reception: 9.0


2. Revenge: A film by Pradeep and Preventhar

The film portrays revenge, its stupidity and callousness. The good editing and cinematography in this movie highlights the essence of the movie in the right light. The natural action by the youngsters gives a guy-next-door feeling. However, there is still room for improvement in audio, background score and action. This film depicts what any individual should strive for in life and what one should avoid. It has all the markers of a good creation. Overall, a good start to film making.

My rating: 7.8
Audience reception: 8.0


3. The Moment: A film by Gowtham Ramkumar  

This thought by Gowtham portrays that one moment in your life before you do something stupid. It asks us to think and realize that death is not the solution to each and every hurdle along the way. Aadish does a neat job in  getting the expressions right. The editing, camera and sound could have been better. The story is the highlight of the film.                                                                                                                                               My rating: 7.5                                                                                                                                                       Audience reception: 8.0


Nikhil is an Instrumentation undergrad who is very much passionate in Engineering. Cricket followed by Pani puri is his favourite pass time. He is an avid reader and a small time writer.

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