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Terribly Tiny Talkies: Mom Knows Best

After a successful series on love, Terribly Tiny Talkies returns with five short films on mothers.

Written by Shikha Kumar |
Updated: May 14, 2015 12:00:44 am
terribly tiny talkies, terribly tiny tales, terribly tiny series, short movies, entertainment news, india news, indian express talk An important conversation is at the heart of ‘Arre Baba’.

Devika has just hit puberty. In the absence of a mother, she wonders how she can talk to her baba about her first period. Set in a small village in Maharashtra, Arre Baba chronicles a heart-warming discussion on adolescence between a father and his young daughter. The short film is a part of a series of five that has been created by Terribly Tiny Talkies, an extension of a popular bite-sized storytelling collective called Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT). The platform made a successful debut earlier this year with films such as Bunny, El’Ayichi and Deuce, which offered different takes on love, to coincide with Valentine’s Day

The season two line-up is themed around mothers. As with the earlier films, Arre Baba started with the TTT team inviting ideas from people across the country, says Chintan Ruparel, co-founder of Terribly Tiny Tales.


Scripts that explored the concept in unconventional ways made the final cut. One of these was Cuddly, based on a conversation between a marketing professional, who is making a presentation for a high-tech baby cot, and her mother, played by Neena Kulkarni. Another film, Srinivas Sunderrajan’s Mamta Tonic, traces the life of a middle-aged saleswoman, who travels door to door selling a tonic that claims to keep the body free of ailments. L, by Amit Masurkar of Sulemani Keeda fame, chronicles a mother’s dream of riding a scooter. In Cheers, starring Ali Fazal and Anju Mahendru, a son returns to meet the alcoholic mother he had left 10 years ago.

Arre Baba is in Marathi with English subtitles. “Girish Kulkarni, who plays the father, is a well-known actor in the Marathi film industry. So, the dialogues lend a different flavour,” says Surya Balakrishnan of Arre Baba. The films, spanning four to six minutes, were released on YouTube on Sunday.

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