Directed by Bhargav Saikia and officially adapted from a short story by Ruskin Bond, The Black Cat is a quaint 20-minute short children’s fantasy film.
Tom Alter, in his last screen appearance, plays the author Ruskin Bond who buys a broomstick from a curio shop. On returning home he experiences strange happenings including a neighbour Miss Bellows (Shernaz Patel) turning up to claim her cat (‘obstinate, perverse creatures’, as Bond terms them).
Background music by Advait Nemlekar and performances by both actors are the highpoints of the film which was screened at the 20th. International Children’s Film Festival in Hyderabad on 11th November.