Sunday, February 12, 2017

Amaravathi - Underbelly Of A Glittering Metropolis

Sanitation is more important than political independence”,
Just as there is no shame in being a labourer for one’s self, so also is there no shame in labouring for others

The above two quotes from Mahatma Gandhi emphasizes on the importance of cleanliness and the dignity of labour. B M Giriraj’s latest venture, Amaravathi precisely portrays our attitude towards both.

In 2012, stink of Bengaluru’s garbage reached New York and London. Common perception about it was the mismanagement of waste. But few know about the mistreatment of men, who keep our cities garbage and filth-free – garbage collectors and sanitary workers. With realistic portrayal, they find their voice in the movie.

Shivappa is a sanitary worker, whose son, Chennabasappa is making a documentary on the lives of slum dwellers. How he completes his documentary braving all odds forms the main plot. Subplots of plight of sanitary workers and their family nicely blend to the narrative. But it is not a fully sad tale. Because there is subtle humor, which tickles. Pertinent questions posed in the movie, made me look for practical answers.

Insensitive attitude of the people and government of the people is a glaring highlight. I was perplexed at the civic body unwilling to provide the basic protective gear to the workers, which cost merely Rs.1500 per year. How workers subtly made to consume alcohol before the work and before going home in the evening, tells a lot about how the cleaning job gets done. It is literally nail in the coffin, when a worker gets inside a manhole. How the workers' jobs are not made permanent even after 18 years of service shows pathetic state of affairs. Add to it the lack of respect towards them by the men in power and the men with voting power.  How these aspects lead the dejected men to find love and happiness outside family and in crime is rightly depicted. Hard hitting dialogues add to the genuine depiction. When Shivappa utters a war cry saying “Let us make whole of Bengaluru, a vast dustbin”, it is an expression of collective anger. Class struggle mixed with caste struggle in a supposedly socialistic society, which is slowly morphing into a capitalistic society, speaks volumes about the destination, we all are heading to.

On the other hand, there are aggressive leftist leanings and the liberal usages of cuss words in the dialogues of few characters. I also felt that few subplots could have been removed and the film could have been trimmed. But the message, the film is trying to convey is clear – it is not revolution but awareness. Awareness about the people who live around us and labour for us. But we are blind to them. This message has not gone unheard. People in the movie hall, where I watched the movie gave a standing ovation at the end of the movie. Other than commercial success, what else can a maker want? We instantly vouch for Swacch Bharath(Clean India). But that’s not enough. We should also vouch for Swacch Man(Clean Mind). Let us clean our mind of the prejudices against the men, who keep our cities clean. Then only can we build our nation with cleaner cities and a clean society with cleaner hearts!

Here is the trailer of the movie, which is both poignant and captivating

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kirik Party : Belageddu Song English Translation

belageddu yaara mukhava naanu noDide - song from Kannada movie, Kirik Party is breaking all records in recent times to become the most popular song on internet. It has already crossed 5 million views on youtube. Here is the translation of its lyrics. Hope you enjoy understanding one of the finest composed songs in Kannada.

beLageddu yaara mukhava naanu noDide
English Translation : whose face did I see after waking up in the morning?
andaano adrushTaano munde kuntide
English Translation : is it a beauty or my luck.. is before me sitting…
ninne kanDa kanasu black and white-u, indu baNNavaagide
English Translation : my dream of yesterday was black and white; it has turned colorful today
ninna mele kavana bareyo gamana eega taane moodide
English Translation : my full attention right now is on writing a poem on you …

kanasalli arrererere baLi bandu alelelele
English Translation : In my dreams, you come close… and
muddaaDi aiyyayayayo kachaguLi thaaLalaare
English Translation : caress me, oh!... can’t stand being tickled!

preethiyalli hosa daari kaTTuva khayaali
English Translation : while craving for carving a new path in romance…
aDDadiDDi hogodu maamooli
English Translation : it is usual to go haywire…
sanneyalle haaDondu haaDuva vidhaana
English Translation : one way is to sing a song using signs…
kaadu keLo preethine majaana
English Translation : or is it fun to wait and listen to romantic lines…

biDadantiro besuge
English Translation : Looks like it is a forever binding alliance…
sere sikkiro salige
English Translation : Feels like a rapport has been struck with you…
ninna sutta suLiyo aasigeega aayass hechchi hogide
English Translation : my desire to be around you all the time is only growing…
ninna jothe kaLeyo ella kshanavu kalpanegu meeride
English Translation : the moments I spend with you are beyond my imagination…

You can read the review of the film Kirik Party here.
You can view the song in the following youtube link.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Kirik Party Entertains In Parts

As I had seen the video songs of Kirik Party before the release, I had some assumptions and expectations about the plot. Few assumptions did come true but I cannot say the same about the expectations. Film is largely focusses on mischiefs of the last benchers and college gang wars. In between, Kirik Party tries to raise an issue, which is considered taboo.

The film is a nostalgic trip back to the engineering days. Freshers taking on the seniors, pranks played, crushes, college fests delight the audience. You could also be jotting down points in your mind when there is an argument regarding which branch of engineering is best. Songs, which were already a hit add to the scintillating portrayal. Brilliantly composed, Katheyonda Helide Bari Guruthugale College Ali will sure be heard in college farewells. Belageddu Yara Mukhava Naanu Nodide is well written and depicts a love story in its own way.
Kirik Party Poster : Picture Courtesy - filmibeat.com
But the voilent college gang war is a drag at times. Overenthusiastic mechanical professor trying to analyze mechanical problems becomes irritating. The video songs released before the release of the movie, tell bits and parts of the story. So, this has taken out the thrill of understanding the plot details for the first time in theatres. Moreover, movie does not have a great plot. It survives only on dialogues and heroism. In few scenes, I felt Yogaraj Bhat’s style of depicting blossoming love between hero and heroine, which does not enthrall much. So, though the film brings back memories of college life, it fails to engage the audience all the time and entertains only in parts.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mungaru Male 2 - Just A Drizzle!

First thing first. Mungaru Male 2 is not a continuation of the story from the first part! Then, what is it about?

Story : First half of the movie tries to establish that Preetham’s is a follower of YOLO(you only live once) philosophy. But this has given a single perspective to the character. Girl friends and parties are the mainstay in Preetham’s life. But there is a problem. Preetham gets bored with his girlfriends quite easily. So, the cycle of infatuation and break up repeats. This is a drag at times. In the second half, Preetham lands himself in Nandini’s house, who is about to get married! I think I need not explain, what happens after this. But there is a twist, which though is cliched!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sikkim Trip : Changu(Tsomgo) Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

It was our second day in Sikkim and I was excited to see the snow. When the tour manager had come the night before to brief about the program next day, first thing asked him was whether we can witness the snow. Though he did not answer the question in the affirmative, he did hint that we may get to see some snow. How could he answer correctly, if he had not gone with the tourists. Yes, tour operators will not accompany you during the sight seeing citing extreme cold. So, the arrangement is between you and your driver for stops for having food or taking photos!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sikkim Trip - Planning the Itinerary and Arrival at Gangtok

The Beginnings : It was in the month of March 2016, I started planning for a trip to the Himalayas. I was more interested to visit Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom – known for its pristine nature and Gross National Happiness(contrary to Gross Domestic Product) – a bold concept in quantifying the well being of a citizen. Budget constraints and the thrill as well as joy of exploring paradises in our own backyard, prompted me to check for Sikkim tour packages! North Sikkim is a must in the itinerary, said my friend Sandeep, a prolific explorer himself! But there were only few packages available, which included it. After careful contemplation, I finalized a package, which had the following itinerary!

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