Short film review – Carbon – Rating 2 stars



Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents ‘Carbon’, short film directed by Maitreyi Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan. Set in 2067, Carbon takes on a subject of prime national importance focusing on the prevailing environmental issues in Delhi.

The short features Jaccky Bhagnani’s who plays a character of a man with an artificial heart , Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of a man from Mars, Yashpal Sharma plays character of Oxygen smuggler and Prachi Desai plays role of Pari


Although the film boasts of an excellent subject and some eloquent dialogues, the film falls flat in its execution, weak direction, low-production values and mismanaged directorial story-telling style. The blame for this experience totally lies at the hands of the directors Maitreyi Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan. One does agree that short films have low budgets but then Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has showcased excellent films always.

Right from the styling for this futuristic film to the inventions, the directors seem to have had a lackadaisical approach to even projecting the 50 years ahead period with some originality. I strongly believe it is the onus of the director to ensure the product is superior no matter what the budget is allocated to the film.

Jaccky Bhagnani shines out as an actor, he is the scene-stealer here. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is wasted in his character. Prachi Desai passes off with ease, but her styling is so archaic.

You will be amazed to see the revolvers which have been used in the futuristic era, not to mention the water gallons which have been used. If Pari is a robot, then why does she need to wear an oxygen mask?

A wonderful concept which has been totally mismanaged by the directors! Watch it truly for the magic created by Jaccky Bhagnani. He’s one actor who has saved the film!