Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Movie Review: In The Name Of the Father

Compared to the more straightforward relationship between a mother and her child, the father-son bond is usually fraught with more complexities. It is described quite well in the opening monologue of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham where a father wonders why it is so hard for him, and the son to express their love for each other, while the mother notes with some amusement that she never tires of telling her son how much she loves him, whether he hears it or not. It is sad, but true, that as time goes by, bonds break, and the threads of relationships slowly fray, as one attempts to stay in the rat race that is life. But what if realization suddenly strikes that it’s too late to go home again? How does one come to terms with that? Does one hold on to a solitary thread of hope, that things will again be right some day? Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu is a lovingly crafted answer to all these questions.Continue reading “Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Movie Review: In The Name Of the Father”

Thithi Movie Review: A Little Gem from the Villages of India

Directed by: Raam Reddy (a 26 year old “Stephenian”), Written by: Ere Gowda (his school-buddy)

Starring: Villagers from the Mandya district of Karnataka

Few experiences are more magical for a film-lover than to unearth a hidden gem from the realm of the lesser known independent/ parallel cinema which surprises the viewer with its freshness. Add to that the fact that the film entirely casts villagers with no professional actors among them. Add further the indigenous realism the movie brings that would make Iranian film-makers and Vittorio De Sica (father of neo-realism) proud. And finally add several European film awards (including 2 prized awards from the prestigious Locarno film festival) as the icing on the cake. The biggest irony is – the film is yet to have a full release in India. Well of course the wait ends today as it makes it to Mumbai, Pune and Delhi/NCR.Continue reading “Thithi Movie Review: A Little Gem from the Villages of India”