Saturday, September 20, 2008

Movie Review : Ore Kadal

I saw this movie couple of days ago...It's not a new movie (released somewhere in 2007), so I am just writing this because, of course, I felt like it. ;-)

I guess, this movie is all about love and its struggle with the materialistic reality of our society, measuring and judging everything by its monetary worth and shutting a already blind eye towards human mind and its many needs.

The protagonist Dr. Nath (Mammootty), is a social scientist and an accomplished author of many economics books. He say this is "I cannot be emotional, I cannot love, everything in this world is ruled by economics". He is in a research as part writing a book on the middle/low class indian people.

The story explores the emotional change in Dr. Nath through his interactions Deepthi (Meera Jasmine), a middle class married woman. The story is not the kind to be liked by the "custodians" of Indian culture, who says everything in India is/should be on the right side of the moral/immoral demarcation. It explores the kind of emotions and relationships long shunned/spoken against by this moral brigade.

As Nath, says good and bad is defined by the society for the sake of its own existence. I agree to a great extent. There is no absolute good or bad. It is relative, very relative. Whatever is common in a society is not considered bad. Then it becomes "a part of the game". The bad nomenclature is only for those who differ from the rest of the society or the professed rules therein. There is nothing much anyone gains by toeing the path drawn by the society; one step off the path and you are bad. While this is the case, Nath fails in understanding the emotional needs of his mind and that leads to his decline, accelerated by his reluctance to accept the reality even when it is in plain sight.

Overall, it was very stirring movie, worth a watch. Believe me, the director Shyamaprasad will have your mind swinging on the moral pendulum, through out the movie. The music by Ousepachchan is a very great plus point setting the mood right from the title songs, through the end.

This movie had me thinking in contradicting view points on the same topic, albeit in different sections of the movie. Initially I was totally with Nath, i.e. the good and bad as defined, in society is followed only by the middle class or the semi educated folks; rest all care only about their joys although it is by doing something considered "bad".

But in the later part of the movie which has Nath falling into the same emotions he so greatly opposed, it left me feeling very odd. It was like someone had taken me flying into a canyon of great depth and then left me for a free fall.
But you really can't help accepting the new things being said. It ends with a intriguing sequence of events which are positive at the end

Well, any comments on the above text or the movie ?...

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