Kabir has put himself into one hell of a situation. As if being an actor isn't hard enough, he's married into a successful family that has finally had enough - of his never ending dreaming. It's been five long years, and with no real achievements on the horizon - Kabir's wife Neha has had enough. So has her family. He however, is not quite done yet. Kabir has every intention of getting Neha's Father to bankroll a project - so he can star in it. To try anyhow. Does this all seem seedy enough for you? No? Don't worry. There's still so much more.
Kabir has been having an affair for the last couple years. He's not the innocent dreamer he at first seems. When his mistress begins doubting his intentions to divorce his wife, the two decide that killing Neha would be the best solution. They could finally be together and marry - and Kabir, would finally gain access to Neha's accounts. He would be financially set. Only one question remains... how to commit a perfect murder?
Vikkramm Chandirramani, who wrote and directed this film, has tried very hard to show us viewers something a little different. If not for the title itself, "The Perfect Murder" begins it's journey as a film about a struggling couple. You could almost feel a slight pity for Kabir. A man who has lived with constant family pressures. A man who just can't seem to make his dreams a reality. No wonder he finds himself in the arms of another woman. All those potential feelings are thrown out the window however, when we finally learn that Kabir is, in fact, a con artist. A scammer. To say he gets what he deserves is an understatement. Karma really is a bitch... as they say.
Visually, "The Perfect Murder" is quite well done. There are a few shots out of focus. There are also a few oddly framed shots - but for the vast majority? Things look pretty darn good. As a low budget short film, things actually look and sound great. Notice I mentioned sound? A good deal of care was put into the audio it seems. This isn't a film that covers poor audio - with lots of music in the background. Even though it's sub-titled, there's no question the nicely handled audio really takes it up another level.
With this type of film, especially taking into account it's not in English, I'm completely impressed by how nicely it plays out. This is a slick production in terms of pacing. Not once did I feel it was dragging on - or that it was a really long short film. Perhaps it's the combination of good acting, good editing and overall good production work? Whatever the reason, "The Perfect Murder" felt just right when discussing the pace.
... I mean... what else is there to write? Hands and feet above the average indie film, this movie should have no problem, holding the attention of even those who don't normally watch sub-titled films. I would have liked to see a little bit of the aftermath. Maybe have the mistress show up at the door alongside the ambulance. Something so we could see, that Neha doesn't end up idolizing her husband. I'm sure all would be revealed eventually, but would have loved a visual queue hinting at that fact. But still... A great short film all around. Something I was really glad to have gotten a look at.