By Balkaran Singh
All, who have been married to a dream, will know the pain that a broken dream incurs… and the hurt that loiters deep inside after. Imagine trying to heal from two broken ones – that is what our protagonist, Bobby (Gurp Buttar), struggles with each day.
Buttar does quite well as the lead, telling Bobby’s story with competence. With a right left combination of Brar’s direction and Buttar’s acting, we get a real sense through his expressions about his rising fighting career cut short by a car accident, and the subsequent dejection as he scraps each day to try and teach others chasing the same dream. His passion is real. He lives at his gym, he sleeps there, next to the ring, punching bags, gloves, that he once plied his trade with.
And there is the broken, rather lost, dream of love… the love he loses in the same accident. The edge of this loss cuts deeper, and Bobby is haunted by it. His loss, passion and his struggle are real. To cope and endure the guilt and emotional wounds, he takes heftily to drink – and that, is his present fight, his current bout.
This isn’t Shane Brar’s directorial debut, and it shows as he tackles the serious element of Bout fairly well, and manages to tell a deeper story with this short, and also takes us on a journey of imagination into Bobby’s past as a rising fighter. The medium of his choice seems to be chiefly visual, as the eventual dialogue is short and jab-y, sound unembellished and natural, and the score minimal with peripheral sound effects a plenty.
I watched Bout twice, and found it appealing both times. Talent, both on and off-screen, is very visible in this film, and we can expect other worthy projects from the duo, and I, for one, will surely keep an eye out.
Besides consulting in the cultural, creative and communication spheres, Balkaran engages in social-justice and political drives. And writes. Among other things.