The After-Effects of Reading A Thought-Provoking Post

Just when I thought I had understood all the joys that my blog could gift me, I discovered another one. 🙂 Now, I’m seriously wondering if this will ever come to an end. Not that I want it to.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I go through the Freshly Pressed posts everyday. Today, I read a post that struck me in ways more than one. It’s basically a film review but something so different from what I had expected – Film Review: ‘This Is Not a Film’ highlights Iranian filmmaker’s talents while under house arrest. There are a couple of lines in this post that I loved: “The need to direct is in this man’s blood. It’s an energy that simply cannot be repressed, no matter the threat of jail.” True talent can never be suppressed, whatever you do to a person. Jafar Panahi (the director mentioned in the post) is a living example for that. He is an Iranian film director who has made some critically acclaimed movies (that have won many awards). In 2010, he was given a 6-year jail sentence and 20 year ban on making or directing any movies/screenplay/giving interviews.

The iranian filmmaker member of the jury of th...

Jafar Panahi

I love the way his talent and his need (not a want or desire or longing, but a necessary need!) to direct has been portrayed by the writer of this post. He is described as someone who is kept alive by his zeal and talent to make films. People like that are rare to find; people with such brilliance in talent, such dedication and love for what they do. I don’t understand why a man like Panahi should be under arrest/ban. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Especially with so many people protesting against it and demanding he should be released! I hope he gets released soon and continues to make good movies. By the way, the Amnesty International are collecting signatures as part of a request to reverse the sentence imposed on Panahi. This was mentioned in the other post as well, but just in case you overlooked it, you can join the action here.

Apart from these thoughts, reading this post made me realize something. I used to read the newspaper daily (almost) and knew atleast a considerable bit about what was going on in the world around me. But, after joining college, I lost touch with everything related to the world outside. I lost the interest to keep myself informed, I lost the motivation to find time for it…and well, I just lost contact with the whole world. I still haven’t regained it, though I’ve begun trying. And this post has super-motivated me, now! More than that, it has pointed out to me how much I’ve missed, how much I don’t know about what’s going on out there. Blogging has begun to keep me informed about current affairs/happenings around the world (which is a function basically associated with newspapers, news channels, media…you get the idea!)!!! That’s something exciting for me. Because I had never thought of this aspect, never considered blogging could be so much more than expressions put into words. And now, not only has it begun to inform me but has also given me that necessary push to start regaining what I had lost.

I don’t know when I’ll stop saying this:  I LOVE BLOGGING! 🙂

A Labour Of Love (& Friendship & Lots More)

I hope I don’t turn into this full-time movie reviewer (or whatever those people are called!). Anyway, there’s a movie that I want to mention (in detail, that is). It’s not exactly a movie movie. It’s a short film named ‘Vazhikatti’ (a Malayalam word meaning someone/something that shows/guides you to a path), created by the final year boys of two classes at my college (most of them being my classmates). Why I’m doing this is because I know the efforts they put into this venture, and I want to do what I can to contribute to it, no matter how small or insignificant it maybe. And writing a post about it seemed like a great idea to me. 🙂

Let me first introduce you to the person who directed this short film – Shalu V.S.

Mekhavarnan (protagonist), Shalu (director) & Abraham (supporting actor)

He is an extremely talented young man, around 21 years of age, and aspires to be a movie director someday. He is so dedicated to fulfilling his dreams and has such awesome ideas. Since we’ve been in the same class for 3 whole years, I know how much this means to him and to the whole crew, which is exactly why I feel so strongly about supporting their efforts. Knowing each one of them makes a huge difference in the way I see the film, because they are guys I talk to and spend time with, on a daily basis. Used to, that is (since college is over).

Let’s get to the movie, shall we? So, Vazhikatti is basically a Malayalam short film (duration: approx. 30 minutes) that conveys a meaningful message. It might not be anything extraordinarily new, it’s nothing that you haven’t seen before. Sometimes, when we are busy travelling a certain path, we forget to look around…and most often, need to be guided onto the right path by someone. It could be a random person, a passer-by, a friend, a relative, anyone. This is the concept behind the movie. It revolves around the life and dreams of Mekhavarnan ,  the protagonist, and portrays how he  becomes successful, helped by a simple advice.

While it may not be anything incredibly notable, if you watch it, keeping in mind that it was done by a bunch of 20 or 21-year-old students (who have a lot of other things to be busy with), I think you will realize the level of their talent. Anyway, I loved the acting, even though their inexperience/unease before the camera is kinda evident in some scenes. The dialogue delivery could have been improved; it seems sort of forced and less natural. Mekhavarnan (the main character) has done a great job; in fact, I guess everyone gave it their best! Even those who did the supporting roles have done it with a dedication that surprised me. 🙂 I was impressed by the cinematography, done by Dhanish. He is one of my very good friends… and man! I was amazed by his work! He is the fun, easy-going kind but when it comes to something to do with a camera, photos, editing and the like, he surprises you completely! Loved his work in the movie! Anooj, another genius in these aspects (& an ardent movie-lover), has done the VFX and hats off to him! I don’t know how he works magic with visuals, but he does it, and he does it great!

Shalu, Martin & Dhanish

The music by Basil & team is beautiful! No other word to describe it better! I loved the background score in so many scenes, and the song (at the end) is strikingly impressive, coming from such young (& amateur) guys! When it comes to direction, Shalu has been completely dedicated and totally into it since the beginning. He has done a great job. For someone so young and lacking in experience, I was awed by his knowledge and ideas. He has a very clear idea about what he wants, what he has to do…and puts in his mind, body and soul into what he does. I sincerely hope his dreams come true. All of us (girls at hostel) keep talking about how, someday soon, we might be watching his movie and commenting about how we were classmates once. 😀

I know I haven’t named everyone who worked behind the movie, nor commented on every aspect of it. Anyway, thumbs up to the whole crew behind Vazhikatti. There are flaws, imperfections. But they have done their best and the outcome is awesome! 🙂 The movie is in Malayalam, and although subtitles are provided, I suppose not all of you might enjoy watching it. Anyhow, do try to watch it, if you can. But above all, please support and encourage them in their future ventures!

For those of you who would like to watch it, here’s the link: