The beauty of South Indian Cinema isn’t just bound to Madras; Sri Lanka plays a leading role in the development of our cinema. I chose to write short stories because of what I saw in our cinematic forefathers, and what they could do wielding a camera and a notepad. When I looked closely, I could see the existential questions in our early Tamil films. Now I’m not talking about classic Sivaji or MGR films from back in the day (although the former’s work in Devar Magan is cinematic gold) – I’m talking about the artistic giants.
Bharathiraja, as his debut venture released a film known (in translation) as 16 years old starring Sri Devi, Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth. From a directorial point of view, this is a Tamilians answer to Arthouse cinema. Shot on a shoestring budget, with a freaking bottle placed over a lens to signify a flashback! He created a riveting tale of a young girl in a remote village; a young girl we’re not supposed to care about. But in that last shot, intertwined with Ilayaraaja’s soul-stirring composition, we wonder what will be of Sridevi’s character. This is so difficult to pull off without the tools necessary, but Bharathiraja managed to do it!
Feminism has taken a giant leap in society this past year, the wave of the #metoo movement has reached incredible heights and as a woman, I couldn’t be more proud of the achievement of some amazing women and remarkable men.
“A boy committed suicide at uni recently. His friends were looking for him; I didn’t know him, but seeing his face on posters everywhere made me feel invested in looking out for him too. The police found him a week later.
I guess I’ve had a bit too much free time on my hands, but you start to think what the point of it all is. You’re born, you live, and you die. When you go, your family remembers you, and when they go, no one does. It’s as if there was no trace in the first place. No proof of your existence. And if you’re still on the fence on concepts such as god, being forgotten is hella scary. After all, what is the point of life if a lifetime of memories can just face away in an instant.
“In light of everything thats been happening on the news lately and seeing so much evil in the world, I just want to speak through writing.It’s so frustrating and heartbreaking to see the hardships people face – some of which you nor I can ever truly claim to understand and feel unless we directly go through it ourselves.
I pray to see that things will change. I hope we all feel the need to teach each other and one day educate our children on the importance of acceptance and unity. I hope we teach our children love and compassion and just all the good, nicer stuff in life…