Have you watched the newest short film on the block?
You should, because it stars former child actor Shweta Basu Prasad, who was caught in an alleged prostitution racket in 2014.
Interior Cafe Night, which also features veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, marks the return of the actress after she was arrested, then acquitted, for alleged prostitution. Shweta, 26, who won a National Award at the age of 11, is also credited as the film’s co-producer.
Directed by Adhiraj Bose, Interior Cafe Night is set in, as the title suggests, the interior of a cafe in Kolkata at night.
Some background: It’s almost closing time when cafe owner Naseeruddin Shah spots customer Shernaz Patel at a table. Shweta plays the younger version of Patel in the 13-minute film, which is about a chance meeting of two former lovers, who parted 30 years ago in Kolkata.
Forced apart once by circumstances, it appears that serendipity has provided only a short lived reunion. Or has it?
Watch the film to fill in the blanks. The film also stars Naveen Kasturia as Naseeruddin Shah’s younger self. Shah and Shweta worked together in the 2005 film Iqbal.