If Beckett and Ionesco would have watched 'Krupa', what would they have possibly said about it? Ranjani Prasad worked her way in this movie business with a short movie that can be at the same time everything you are looking for, and also, nothing one can understand. The main themes that impressed us in her short are silence and movement, both being used in an unique form, sending the right message through mixed feelings from the emotional specter.
Silence as an interior motif was greatly perceived throughout time, and sometimes became the protagonist that changed the course of the action. Here in ‘Krupa’, silence is the key of understanding the world as it is perceived through dance. Going back to one of the authors we’ve mentioned earlier, Samuel Beckett gives a very neat definition of silence; he said: “every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” The absolute silence of the characters involved in this dance is both creepy and perfect; we say perfect because they managed to send powerful emotions only through motion. Rarely do we have the chance to see such a complex experimental short in our festival, and when we do, the words to describe it are useless.
In terms of cinematography, 'Krupa' is a one of a kind experience. The editing was perfect, the score gave us thrills, and the choreography was mind blowing. The perfect mix of silence combined with a motion track that involved some kind of long lost dance ritual gave the viewer a new perspective upon dance and life. We have to admit it, it wasn’t easy to write about ‘Krupa’, mainly because of its complexity, but as it was with Shakespeare for each and every one of us, we had to re-approach it several times until we cracked the code. We hope we did it to a certain extent, and if not…oh well, short movies like this one give the viewer a thousand interpretation possibilities, and this one is ours. Hope it’s somehow close enough to what the director wanted to express.
Written by Vlad A. G