Actor Usman Mukhtar is currently in discussion these days due to his famous role of Aswad in drama ” Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay.” As much as he’s a great actor, he’s also a director as well. Before entering into acting he started with direction.
Mukhtar began his career as a filmmaker in 2006 and as a theatre actor in 2007, directing music videos and short films as well as acting in many plays before getting his break as a film actor with a role in the 2016 Janaan.
Recently Usman Mukhtar’s directed and acted short film “Bench” released on his YouTube channel a day ago. The short film stars Usman Mukhtar and Rabeya Chaudhry. The film has been selected for the Cannes International Independent Film Festival and has already won multiple awards. The film has been written by Ali Mudar. It also won the best short film award at the South Shore Film Festival, New York.
This short film is about a married couple who are on the verge of separation and divorce. They had a sad conversation which reflects their past, how they met. And that very same place, that bench at that park was part of many important occasions during their relationship. Without giving much away, the film had an open ending which leaves you with questions. Both were in a healthy relationship previously but then due to some issues decided to drift apart. But still love was their and they were reluctant for the separation. The smile at Emaan’s face at the end could tell that she was satisfied with what she has in store for future. Whether her husband has signed the divorce papers or not.
This short film is truly a master piece depicting the relationship of two flawed people very nicely.
If you are interested, catch the short film here: