Showing posts from June 14, 2020

Gustakhi Maaf

A blind monkey at the center An edifice can only be as efficient as its base. There is no point admiring a fancy well made facade, if it's foundation itself is shaky. This is precisely what is felt about the movie, 'Andhadhun'. The protagonist who is a musician sets up an experiment on himself by acting blind - so that it enables him to compose his tunes well. This seems to be the starting point of the movie - an aspect that is half halfheartedly told in a voice-over right at the beginning; and then later somewhere in the middle, when the protagonist desperately explains about this dialogues in a few dialogues, as his game is exposed. Not giving enough screen time to set up the intensity of the 'why' of this experiment that needs him to go blind, is one reason why the pedestal of this movie seems unsteady. Of course, we know that he wants to create a musical piece for a competition that could let him into the greener pastures of a foreign land, but that just becom

Selfies with Siri (ಸಿರಿ ಒಟ್ಟುಗು ಸೆಲ್ಫಿಲು)

Selfies with Siri (ಸಿರಿ ಒಟ್ಟುಗು ಸೆಲ್ಫಿಲು) A short 20 minute movie in Tulu language with English subtitles on the back story of the benevolent spirit (Bootha) of Coastal Karnataka called Siri, directed by Ramchandra PN. This movie was created during the Covid 19 lock down period; sitting at our homes self-shooting on mobiles, using existing footage and minimalist illustrations. The ballad version used in this short movie is the one documented by Late Rama Manjeshawara and Dr. Amrut Someshwar. When possible, watch this with a headphone plugged in. Cast & Crew: Illustrations: Manoj Mundayat Siri Mask: Sateesh Acharya Singer: Shailaja Shetty Background Music designer: Shrikant Prabhu Line Producer: Surendra Kumar Marnad Music editing & Remixing: Santosh Kumar Producer: Sushma PN Editing, Screenplay, Direction & Sound Design: Ramchandra PN Banner: Sonk Films Featuring: Aruna Raje, Ranjita Jhadav, Akshataraj Perla,, Sushma PN, Shailaka Shetty, Prathiba Pasricha, Batul Mukhtiar, A