New Delhi: HabaGoba (a Bengali word for someone who’s cute but silly) explores the differences in present-day dating. As the characters prudently prepare for their special date, what follows is a subtle turn of events that explore what getting intimate can mean in ‘these strange times’. The short film is directed by Viral Shah, and features Tridha Choudhary (Dahleez), Ritwik Bhowmik (Bandish Bandits) and RJ Prerna Nahata (Radio Mirchi).
Showcasing how the pandemic has accelerated virtual dating, with a surge in swipe volume and messages sent on Tinder, the partnership captured newer dating encounters and unpredictable plots via text-based, video and visual content.
Two people swiping right on each other is only the beginning of possibilities. From its digitally native community, TTT has brought forth the range of experiences that people have had on Tinder — be it getting a job offer, discovering their sexuality, or finding a new best friend.
Talking about the short film in collaboration with Tinder, Amrit Paul and Sadaf Khan, Brand Collaborations at TTT said, “The last few months have not been the most ideal for meeting people, let alone meeting someone new. But we find ways, don’t we? Even if not in person, even if six feet apart”.
“We had stories of people talking about experiences they’ve had in the past, as well as telling us how they are navigating today’s challenges. Month by month. Virtual dates, or meeting outside (but staying socially distant) or quarantining together. Or taking the test and making sure it’s safe to get intimate for a “special date”, only to find it not going the way they’d imagined — which is the premise of HabaGoba! As with every collaboration, we’ve developed a unique visual language that ties together the tales, the illustrations, the animated videos and the film. This one has a style we’ve grown quite fond of”.
They furthered, “What’s been particularly exciting, though, was the kind of varied stories we were able to share with the world. Stories of coming out. Of transitioning. Of unexpected friendships that can be as fulfilling as romances. Love that is not filmy. Love that is filmy but not Bollywood. Representation matters, and to see ourselves or some aspect of our identities reflected in the kind of content we consume — this is why we do what we do at TTT”.
The short film has already garnered over 2 Million views and has been receiving massive response from the audience.
Watch ‘HabaGoba’ live now on TTT’s YouTube channel & Facebook
Enjoy some exciting #swipestories content on TTT’s official Instagram account:
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“Su and I are living on candid selfies and memes and random chats at 3AM. You know how when you first start dating, there’s so much “properness” and measured laughter and the constant question in your head — “Am I coming on too strong”? And how with time, you grow more and more comfortable with each other. The facades go out the window, you settle into being yourselves? You wonder if they’ll still like you for who you are. This phase did go by pretty quickly under the lockdown. And turns out, I’m in luck. 🙂 “ . — . With @tinder_india, we’re sharing stories of the start of something epic. This is Kinjal and Su’s story of how they’re making memories, one bad camera angle at a time. Have a virtual date story? Tell us at terriblytinytales.com/swipestories (link in bio) Illustrated by Zeel Sanghvi (@sanghvi.zeel) Design Layout by Kshitij Jatale (@kshitijjatale) . #Tinder #terriblytinytales #illustration #itsamatch #loveandallthatjazz #lockdown #virtualdate #swipelove #stories #ttt #storytelling
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"It began when I matched with my supposed school senior, who I haven't spoken to, or even seen. Who knew, I was one right swipe away from the most beautiful thing to have happened to me? 🙂 . We instantly connected. Realised we listened to the same kind of music, fangirled over Mani Ratnam and synced on so many levels. . We had only spoken for a few weeks before we decided to meet, when he said "oru chinna coffee thapu panalama? Or bread omelet?" One of my favourite scenes from O Kadhal Kanmani, a film by Mani Ratnam. And if you think about it, maybe, just maybe, I fell for him right there, haha. In an attempt to find the best bread omelet, we ended up roaming around Chennai, jamming to our favourite songs. It's been six months now, and after every single date we end up saying – 'we still haven't had the bread omelet, ya?' . I'm not complaining. The search must go on :)" . — . With @tinder_india, we’re exploring dating stories from our community. This is Rithika’s story of a bit of filminess in her life, with her fellow street-food lover. Tell us your #SwipeStories at terriblytinytales.com/swipestories (link in bio), and we’ll turn them into something epic! . — . Voiced by Parvathi Preethan (@thewordoctave) and Sharanya Rajgopal (@sharanyantics) Editing by Garima Sachdeva (@gari_sachdeva) . illustration by nikhita prabhudesai (@nikster2290) animation by gaurav dhaimodkar (@gauravd24) art direction by totem creative (@totem.creative) . #terriblytinytales #illustration #animation #itsamatch #tindertales #love #doingnothing #swipestories #storytelling #ttt