Who owns this Earth?


It’s good to see people who were reeling under the glamour and glitz and the fantasy world of the commercial line of cinema, tracing back to their roots and conjuring up a movie which showcases their interpretation of cinema. Art.  And that is what the director M. Padmakumar came up with in his movie Jalam.

The second day of the Film Festival tried to lure me into its array of movies but my laziness got better of me and I decided to initially go for the two o’clock movie. Jalam means water and my question as to why the movie was named as such was later on satisfied by the director himself in the open forum session we had after the movie.

The movie is about the struggle of a woman to earn a piece of land for her. The thing I learned from my little stint at these kinda movies is that it’s better to talk about the movie and its nuances than to give a review of it, the plot and all. These kinds of movies are to be enjoyed and felt and I think no review will give you the feel of watching it. And just like my previous post, I wouldn’t be dwelling into the movies plot and all.

The movie has been brilliantly portrayed and has been able to bring in the rawness Kochi city has to offer. This is a city where you find people sleeping in pavements, living their lives to the day and not having a clue to the next, where development is changing the face of the city and the people living in it. And the people most affected by all these are the ones of the lower strata.

The protagonist leaves a stark impression on you and so does the various characters that flash through the screen. In contrast to the haunting silence that was quite visible and spoke mare than the characters themselves in Jayarajs Ottaal, the movie goes along with a steady background score which in my opinion wasn’t that necessary. Silence has a charm of its own and I sorely missed it in the movie. But the visuals were really good and the lighting used for the movie was top notch. The cinematographer was ingenious in using only the street lights and the various other lights seen in the streets to bring out the reality of the scene.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I am kinda sad to know it that this movie with an important social message was only a slight screen space in the many theatres we have in our state. I wish more people, people like us come forward and appreciate these movies cause as citizens of this society it is our responsibility to promote good art which in turn bring out the various social problems we are facing. It’s simply a give and take policy.

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