|Genre||Short, Drama, Sci-Fi|
|Company||Boundscript Motion Pictures|
Anukul is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language short film directed by Sujoy Ghosh with Parambrata Chatterjee and starring Saurabh Shukla. It is based on short story written by Satyajit Ray.
Nikunj Chaturvedi (Saurabh Shukla), a Hindi teacher, bought an android (Parambrata Chatterjee) from a salesperson (Ekavali Khanna) of Chowringhee Robot Supply Corp. Before buying the salesperson warns Nikunj Babu not to hit the android named Anukul.
A few days later, Nikunj Babu's cousin brother Ratan (Kharaj Mukherjee) comes to visit Nikunj Babu at his home. He is surprised to see that his brother had bought a robot. Since he had recently fired from his workplace due to complications with androids, he gets angry. He proceeds to hit the android with a clothing iron, resulting in the android to shut down.
In a different visit to his cousin brother's house, Ratan tells Nikunj Babu that he had become a millionaire by inheriting wealth from a recently deceased relative. While Nikunj is away, Ratan again tries to abuse the android where Anukul discharge a high voltage electric current resulting in his untimely demise.
A lawyer (Barun Chanda) visited Nikunj Babu at his home from whom Babu comes to know that he has inherited the whole wealth of Ratan, as he is the only living next in kin. He is surprised to know that the value of his newly discovered wealth is ₹11.5 crore.
- Parambrata Chatterjee as Anukul, a Humanoid robot who has human like thinking.
- Saurabh Shukla as Nikunj Chaturvedi, a school teacher and the owner of Anukul.
- Kharaj Mukherjee as Ratan, the cousin brother of Nikunj Babu.
- Kanchan Mullick as Kanchan Khatmal, the president of Human Servants Association.
- Barun Chanda as the Lawyer
- Ekavali Khanna as the CRS salesperson
- Dr. Ranjan Raychowdhury as himself
Director Sujoy Ghosh wanted to make Anukul after the success of his 2015 short film Ahalya. He had initially cast Ronodeep Bose for the role of Anukul. But, the actor met with a bike accident and slipped into coma. Ghosh had also thought of casting Abir Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta for the role, but that did not go through. So, Ghosh had to shelve the project. After some time, the project was re-opened and Ghosh started to shoot Anukul with a brand new cast. Starring in the short film are Kharaj Mukherjee, Saurabh Shukla and Parambrata Chatterjee.
The film gained above 100,000 views within 24 hours of its release.
The short film has received positive responses from the critics around India. The Indian Express said, "The short film makes one think about the possibilities that are on the verge of becoming a reality and Ghosh’s haunting tone in some parts of the film leaves you with an eerie feeling. It makes one wonder that if this is the future we’re actively stepping into, then the race for survival is going to turn even more brutal but only for those who are not willing to welcome it." A notable Indian actor, Amitabh Bacchan, has praised the short film. Hindustan Times said, "Both Saurabh and Parambrata give understated performances, in sync with the mood of the film. And, without saying much, the climax leaves us in a dilemma - should we judge the characters for what they did or should we applaud their presence of mind?".