NECAB MATINEE

NSS ENGG COLLEGE ALUMNI, BANGALORE is organising a  film screening session-

on March 29, 2009, Sunday

Girish Kasaravalli’ s
GULABI TALKIES
gulabi-talkies
Winner of 3 Karnataka State Film Awards in 2008 including Best feature film
Winner of 2 awards at Osian’s Cinefan Festival 2008 including Best Indian Film

and

MG Sasi’s
ADAYALANGAL
adayalangal
Winner of 5 Kerala State Film Awards in 2007 including best film and best director

will be screened at

Subex,

Adarsh Tech Park,

Devarabisana Halli, Next to Intel Gate,

Outer ring road, 560037.

Program:
2.00pm: Gulabi Talkies
4.15pm: Discussion with director Girish Kasaravalli and other invited guests

4.45pm: Adayalangal
6.45pm: Discussion with director MG Sasi and other invited guests

For entry passes(Rs 100/- per head), contact:

Aji Joseph – 98863 19728, Jojy Varghese – 98861 89570,

Gulabi Talkies:
The film is set in the late 1990s among the fishing communities around Kundapura, in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. The impulsive midwife Gulabi (Umashree) is the protagonist, whose one passion is the cinema. She leads a lonely life in an island inhabited by fisher folk. Her husband Musa (K.G. Krishna Murthy), a small-time fish-selling agent, has deserted her and is living happily with his second wife Kunjipathu and their child Adda.

A family gifts her a television with a satellite dish antenna in gratitude after she attends to a difficult delivery (for which they even had to bodily remove her from a movie theatre). The arrival of the first color TV in her small island village heralds great changes in the sleepy hamlet. The women in the village begin gathering at her house once the men leave for fishing. But a few of them stay away, since Gulabi is one of the few Muslims in the village. Yet others prefer to watch from outside her shack, without entering it.

Among the regulars at her home is Netru (singer-actress M.D. Pallavi), a girl with an absentee husband and a domineering mother-in-law, whom Gulabi befriends and becomes a confidante to. But Netru disappears and Gulabi is blamed, leaving her all alone in the village.

The Kargil War of 1999 and the rise of communalism in Karnataka provide the backdrop to the film. The communal stereotyping of Muslims following the Kargil War finds an echo in the village. The tension between the small fishermen of the village and a Muslim businessman (who is actually never shown throughout the film) with a growing fleet of commercial trawlers acquires a communal colour.

The disappearance of Netru adds to the mounting tensions. The Muslims in the village flee and urge Gulabi to leave too, but she refuses and stays put in the village. Her house is vandalised and she is forcibly taken to a boat to leave the island. The young men from outside who spearhead the attack assure the villagers that Gulabi’s television would remain in her house.

The film ends with a scene in which two illiterate elderly women, who had hitherto refused to enter Gulabi’s house, going in there to watch TV (which they do not know how to switch on – they are probably unaware even that it has to be switched on).

About Adayalangal:
Adayalangal is based on the real life story of Nandanar, one of the most popular names in Malayalam literature. Nandanar wrote stories and novels that fascinated all sections of readers and also specialized in writing for children.

Nandanar, whose real name was P.C. Gopalan, joined the army, but disillusioned with the life of a soldier soon left the forces. Later he penned stories based on his experiences in the army. A man who had a zest for life, Nandanar ironically ended up committing suicide.

The film tells the story of a young man named Gopi from a little village in Kerala who joins the army. This young soldier, just 36 years of age, has to take the life of his enemy to save his own. This experience leaves him disillusioned. He leaves the army and returns to his native village to start writing. Adayalangal also zooms in on the love-life of the protagonist.

While debutante Govind Padmasurya does the lead role of Gopi, it’s Jyothirmayi who plays the heroine. Noted director T.V. Chandran with whom the director M.G. Sasi had worked earlier too plays a key role in the film.

About Girish:
Girish Kasaravalli is the master film maker and the pride of Kannada. He brought Suvarnakamal to Kannada four times: Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2001). A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Girish Kasaravalli started his career in films with Ghatashraddha (1977), over the next thirty years directed eleven films and a tele serial.

About Sasi:
MG Sasi is a noted telefilm maker who rose to fame after his debut feature film Adayalangal bagged 5 honours at the Kerala state film awards for 2007. He worked as associate of veteran directors like TV Chandran, PT Kunju mohammad and Shyama Prasad. Sasi has also been very active in theater space for many years starting from his college days.

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