Watched Thithi, a brilliant debut film by director Raam Reddy.
The film starts with showing the sudden death of Century Gowda, a 101 year old man living in a Karnataka village. Gowda's son Gaddappa is a fun-loving old man who likes to roam around and play games like "Lambs and Tigers" with children, and he has a kind of detached attitude towards materialistic things. Gaddappa's son Thammanna is an ambitions man, who wants to get his late grandfather's property transfered to his name quickly, so that he can sell it off and get some cash in hands. Thammanna's son is a youngster who likes to spend time playing cards with his friends or earning some quick money stealing timber from the forests, but his main focus during the length of the film is to woo a girl from a gypsy group settled in the village, who graze their sheep in the surrounding grasslands. The film shows Century Gowda's funeral, and the various drama unfolding in the lives of three generations of his successors during the next 11 days, till the ritual of "Thithi".
Thithi has all non-professional actors from villages, and it is amazing to see how naturally they perform, and almost live in their roles contributing to the realistic narrative of the film. There is absolutely no background music used, and there is no elaborate camera work or attempts to romanticize "village life" etc.; The film just follows the events in the village and presents in a kind of raw form. I think Thithi would be a masterpiece of Kannada Cinema, and one of the best Indian films of recent times.