Half Ticket Review: An Easy, Breezy Feel-Good Short Film Made With A Lot Of Heart

Arjun Varma

Arjun Varma

Arjun is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who, before stepping into the glamorous world of entertainment reporting, assisted acclaimed filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron and Christopher Nolan.
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Our rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

The best love stories are the ones that manage to bring a smile to your face. No tricks, no gimmicks, no mush, no Sufi songs and no over the top acting…just simple and real moments. And that’s what makes Half Ticket a great watch.

This new short film centers around Ayaan (Naveen Kasturia) and Rhea (Gunjan Malhotra) – strangers who meet on a blind date, and post some initial awkwardness, hit it off pretty well.

But no love story is complete without a villain– which could be a person or an unfavourable situation. In this film, it’s Ayaan’s boss… well, sort of. The conflict is more funny and circumstantial than anything else in this sweet and simple girl meets boy story.

While Half Ticket is an easy, breezy ‘coffee-break’ watch, the performances and chemistry between the lead actors truly impresses. Naveen (of TVF Pitchers fame) is a consistent, understated actor and a natural on screen.

Gunjan, who was last seen on your mobile screens in the web series – The Aam Aadmi Family, is charming, smart and extremely relatable as the girl-next-door who can be really “good company” on an unusual blind date.

Let’s also give due credit to this short film’s writer (Sandeep Balan) and director (Prathamesh Patil) for making sure the story didn’t shape up as an ad-film for the main sponsors. The product branding is quite organically woven into the storyline, which is rare nowadays.

Check out the film below:

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