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March 8th, 2017 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

March 8th, 2017

March 8th, 2017
08:09 pm

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Ozhivudivasathe Kali
Kerala State award winning Malayalam film Ozhivudivasathe Kali, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, narrates the events during an Election holiday, when a group of friends get together at a guest house in a remote area, to have some drinks, fresh chicken curry, kappa puzhukku and some time-pass. In the beginning, the event goes as planned, with the discovery of an unripe jackfruit from an adjacent farm adding one more dish to the lunch menu. However, after getting drunk, the friends start discussions on politics and various other social issues, and it becomes apparent that not everything is fine between the friends. They go through ego-clashes, fight with each other, patch up again, and finally play a "game" in the climax.

Through the game, the director shows the way one among the guys, possibly from a Dalit community, is "taken for granted" and oppressed by his friends, even by those who were projected to be having a "progressive outlook" during their earlier conversations. I felt that these scenes were very over-stretched; While I could appreciate the director's efforts to make a "serious" film with different narrative style, I felt that the eagerness to make a very explicit political statement through the climax scene considerably diminished the artistic quality of the film.

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