A Short Film - KAFARA
Writer, Director & Producer – Akash Poikavila
Associate Director – Harish Shreshta
The story is to peek into the life of a food delivery guy Soham. An ordinary guy who is working under a food delivery company called Quick eats. The city is celebrating the Gudi Padwa festival, but what about him? He is stick to his routine to collect the food from the restaurant, check the address and reaching the destination on time. Reaching on time helps him to evade the pressure of customers scolding him and to get a 5-star rating for the order to get the benefits from his company.
While he is delivering the food and meets different customers who are having different temperaments towards him. During his first delivery, he is lucky enough to get a glass of water and a Ladoo, which is quite rare in his work, where people are generally concerned about taking their food. They don’t bother to ask anything from the delivery guy. They move all around the city, in any weather condition, especially during the summertime. This makes the work difficult but they continue to do so, as they have their needs to do and it is possible to do so while doing this job.
Soham encounters certain people, who have their special demands while bringing their order. Some people ask them to bring Ciggirates and other stuff out of the record. He couldn’t deny them, as they have to take care of their customer and the customers have the liberty to rate the delivery. More than liberty, the privilege provided by so-called companies. The hustle doesn’t stop. They don’t get a particular time to have their food, but they will make sure that the food ordered by the customer reaches on time.
Soham plans a movie outing with his friends, of his favourite star Nawazuddin Siddiqui. A small plan to break the monotonous routine of his life, which doesn’t fall in his place. Due to a technical glitch in the app, he is still assigned for the delivery which he isn’t aware of. He tries to explain to his angry customer but all goes in vain. He drops the movie plan and rushes toward the restaurant to pick up the order and deliver it on time. He shifts the gear, speeding up, risking his life to ensure he doesn’t come on the defaulter list. As he reaches the destination which is the high-end tower. He rushes towards the flat.
The bell rings, the customer opens the door and Soham takes out the parcel but he realises the food has been spilt. The customer gets angry and starts to scold him. He is so frustrated, which leads to the mean words and Soham has no answers. He keeps the silence to satisfy his angry customer ego. He leaves the premise.
The next day, he starts the same routine to deliver his food. The loop starts and he becomes a part of it. The toll on his mental health has been unseen. The pressure to be on time and handle the customer is a setback for him. The loop continues.
Cast & Crew
Director & Writer
D.O.P & Editor