The last alphabet Z is for Zoo in Tossing it out – the last one on the A to Z April 2013 challenge!! I want to taken a moment and think through on what happened in the month of April and how i chance hit on the atoz challenge – while i decided to write about Indian regional movies on the same topic selected by Arlee on his blog, I was unaware of how much of fun and challenge it is to get this done!! Thanks to the team who initiated this challenge and specifically to Arlee!
While there are many movies around animals and some scenes on zoo, this movie called Annai or aalayam is evergreen in my memory. This is a 1979 Tamil regional movie which was a family drama with typical mother sentiments around an orphaned elephant. The little elephant and its naughty actions were a great attraction for me at that time – i remember pestering my parents to go and watch this movie the second time in the movie hall – which in those days is a real luxury. The hero (who is a hunter) ensures that the little elephant is united with its mother at the end of the movie and the entire movie revolves around the little elephant. One specific song sequence where the little elephant equally dances with the hero/heroine is something very interesting.
As Tossing it out says, there are many movies on writers – so, it is more to think on the one which impacted me. Here is letter W for A to Z April challenge.
Anyone who has read the language of Tamil or been in Tamilnadu will be impressed and influenced by the great works of Subramania Bharathi – he was a writer, poet and a visionary. He could think years ahead and had strong views on social issues – he also played a very influencing role in Indian freedom struggle.
I grew up reading the poems of Bharathi – many of my current thought process probably are shaped up by those strong verses – be it those dialogues by Panchali in “Panchali Sabatham”, which completely reflects and depicts the progressive women OR the cat poem “Vellai nirathil oru poonai” which reinforces the importance of unity in diversity , he was a VISIONARY. All is poems and their themes are still valid even after so many years.
Bharathi is a 2000 Tamil film which won national award – this was based on Bharathiyar’s life story. While he came from a patriarchical society and was initially an hypocrite average male at that period, he was open in his mind and understood the big picture and was ready to make amends when he realized his shortcomings. This makes him a real life hero. Look at this short scene from the movie – he changes from an ordinary egoistic male to a matured individual – after this incident, he learnt to treat individuals gender-neutrally and became an advocate of gender equality.
I can only think of Bharathi as the one writer who influenced many lives in the past and will continue to do so in the coming days also. You can read more about him here – http://www.indianetzone.com/9/subrahmanya_bharathi.htm
It is letter P for the A to Z challenge.
When i clicked on “Tossing it out” and saw P is Prison movies, I know this one was easy. Lot of regional movies has prison in its main theme.
But the first thought when to the movie called Chirai (Prison) – It is a Tamil regional movie of 1984, based on the story written by a Tamil novelist Anuradha Ramanan. Apparently, this storyline was very progressive – it handled a sensitive topic, where an orthodox traditional married women makes a decision which is beyond the tradition! This movie brought in the stunning logic for the then traditional society (it is still the same in many parts of the world). When the married women gets assaulted sexually, her husband disowns her – now here is this lady who already is a victim and also being held responsible for being a victim! She makes a bold decision to move into the house of the assaulter himself, who already has realized his wrong-doing and supports her till the end and gives a very decent quality of life! The story ends where the lady decide to live as a widow of the assaulter than her husband who deserted her ! What this movie portrayed was the biassed outlook of a society – which is way off from being a gender-neutral society!
In general, even today, many parts of the society look at the victim of sexual assault condescendingly – the victim itself is considered partly responsible for the crime – when the infamous Delhi incident happened as recently as December 2012, there were unprecedented supporting voices for women safety from every corner of the world. At the same time, there was this view of “can one hand clap?” from some parts of the society !!
While there is lot to be said about this sensitive topic of women safety around the world, it goes without saying that we not only need stricter laws but a sweeping mindset change, where every human being is looked at as a human being than as a women or men…!
Am sure we are progressing as a society, but have still a long way before we say we arrived! Till then – for those lovely women folks around the world – TAKE CARE, BE BOLD & STAY SAFE!
This was easy one from “Tossing it out” on letter M for april challenge.
Velli thirai ( “silver screen”) is a 2008 Indian regional movie(Tamil) which candidly exposes the stark realities of movie world clouded with jealousy, intellectual cheating, money, power, casting couch culture, etc. while the plot itself is a brilliant refresher, the way the movie was shot is something of an tremendous effort from a debut director, Viji. Prakash Raj, the producer and also the lead actor in this movie has once again proved that he can do a good job of nurturing the right talented entrant directors.
While the theme of “EVIL PERISHES, GOOD SUSTAINS” is reinforced, the last few scenes where the crew ensure to complete their movie (within the movie) is intelligent and keeps the viewers guessing on what will happen next – the actors were in the form, story was flowing naturally and it was a perfect ending !!
I watched this movie twice and am sure will watch it again!