‘Bharathapuzha’, directed by Manilal, is about the never-say-die attitude of a marginalised woman
Manilal’s Malayalam movie ‘Bharathapuzha’ starring Siji Pradeep compares the protagonist’s life to the ebb and circulate of a river
The iconic Bharathapuzha that flows by means of South Malabar in Kerala has been the muse for poets, writers, artists, lyricists, playwrights, and filmmakers. Documentary filmmaker and tv producer Manilal’s début characteristic movie, Bharathapuzha, compares the circulate of the river to the ebb and circulate of life. Written and directed by him, the film tries to convey a vary of women-centric gender points typically and of marginalised ladies specifically.
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Instead of the male gaze, Manilal’s try has been to deal with the perspective of a woman, Sugandhi, a intercourse employee in Thrissur. The filmmaker presents completely different elements of her life as she goes about her each day routine.
Sugandhi, enacted by Siji Pradeep, is not subservient or apologetic about her work and life however makes no try and glorify it both. But Bharathapuzha makes it clear why Sugandhi has a sure form of freedom and extra selections than the common center class woman residing in a stifling patriarchal society. However, these selections, as depicted in the movie, has a blinkered view of what precisely is ‘freedom’ for a woman. Sugandhi’s willpower to expertise life to the full is mixed with a pining for a place of her personal and a need to search out her place in society.
Manilal says that he needed to make a movie that talked about gender and girls with out attempting to limit the topic inside any form of boundaries or pre-set notions about intercourse staff.
“Nalini Jameela, author of The Autobiography of a Sex Worker, is a close friend of mine. It was an eye opener to spend time with her and learn about how she views life. I have drawn upon my interactions with women in different roles, such as my mother, sister, friend and so on. All those views reflect in the film,” says Manilal. Be that as it could, the dialogues vary from the pure dialect of the area sans any artifice to the clichéd and the theatrical.
Filmed by Jomon Thomas, Bharathapuzha’s solid consists of actors who hail from Thrissur and its neighborhood. Actors like Jose Payyamal, Sreejith Ravi, Dinesh Engoor Vijayan, Manikandan Pattambi, MG Sasi, Jayaraj Warrier, Sunil Sukhada, Irshad and Dinesh Prabhakar effortlessly slip into their roles. Nalini Jameela is the costume designer of the movie.
Although the movie exhibits that Sugandhi takes up the career after being abused as a youngster, she is not one to dwell on the previous. The a number of roles she performs in her interactions with males adjustments subtly when she opens her coronary heart with ladies and transgender individuals who’re in the similar career. They focus on their lives and hopes, making these scenes some of the most memorable in the movie. Her story is woven into the cultural milieu of the metropolis. In a dig at uber masculinity, the Pulikali, when males, donning the colors of the tiger take out a procession at the fag finish of Onam celebrations, is proven as a useless present of machoism by some of the members.
Although the theme is not new to Malayalam cinema, the non-linear narrative makes it a completely different expertise.
Manilal says throughout an task in Kolkata to shoot a conference of intercourse staff, he was shocked to see the approach they have been talking for themselves and preventing for his or her rights. “I felt those women’s lives were like the rivers of India. They are part of our mainstream society and yet, like many of our rivers, we take them for granted. That is why I called the film Bharathapuzha,” he explains.
Finally, when Sugandhi occupies the driver’s seat in an autorickshaw pushed by one of her buddies, it is her confidence and never-say-die attitude that linger in the thoughts of the viewer.