Oru Indian Pranayakatha

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This time round, the title translates to – An/One Indian Love Story.

The article ‘an’ or even the word ‘one’ that prefixes the rest of the title gives us an impression of an everyday…, a kind of a routine fair… there is this laziness attached to it, the laziness in an easy chair on a veranda watching the rest of the world in action while slipping into sleep between a conversation ūüėČ ūüėČ

The trick is in saying the title aloud… if in a sentence, it can be reported as “oh! it is just another love story…” That air of casualness it exudes. It is not the curious oh! or a disappointed oh! but an I’ve seen it before of an oh!… about it being routine, about it being staged before, about it being commonplace.
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The main story of the film is about a girl, a Canadian Citizen, who comes to a town in Kerala to find her birth parents. She was adopted by a Canadian couple from an orphanage from these parts while she was in her swaddlings…

The bit about the Indian love story which forms the frame story begins after the interval …¬†A story set in the past, set in the precincts of the Indian railway and trains, a metaphor for travel, a metaphor for something that is present all over India… comes in as an apt descriptive of the Indian in the love story of the title. Another film that comes to mind in the backdrop of the railways is Julie (Hindi)/ Chattakari (Malayalam)

The girl in search of her birth parents is then is a daughter of an Indian love story … or when this Canadian girl falls in love with the Kerala wanna be politician boy, that could be the Indian love story, or the boy’s sister who lives in the memories of a love lost during her college days, that could also be the Indian love story, or the love story of our boy and his first girl friend..

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Oru Indian Pranayakatha is a Malayalam film directed by Sathyan Andhikad, released in December of 2013. Fahad Fazil and Amala Paul play the lead roles.

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The Story of the film August Club

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Saw a film, August Club, Malayalam, where a ripple of an extra marital affair crosses into the 8 years of marriage of a couple, disturbs the wife for a while and goes away making her feeling guilty of the very thought of it. Sounds familiar, we have encountered a similar guilt in the character of Shilpa Shetty in the Hindi film, A life in a Metro..  For once I thought the character played by Rima Kalingal, Savitri..should have gone ahead but not with that character she was attracted to. He was too much of  balloon largely filled with air, although a master at chess.

Life in the film revolves around a couple with two kids and the August Club. Savitri the protagonist is the reigning chess champion of the club, she has so far defeated every man who knows to play game, men because no women in the vicinity play chess. The other woman in the story in a grass widow who talks about attracting men to her, or exotic and fancy ideas of intercourse.

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So, Savitri is portrayed as this typical faithful wife and mother to her two kids, with a more than ordinary knack for the¬†game of chess¬†and writing poems in English. She has graduated in English and is portrayed as this character with great potential if she had not opted as a SAHM. She is this eternal romantic, in love with her books, with nature, who constantly slips into book and literature lands, and pens poetry. Her husband, played by Murali Gopi is a successful¬†IT professional¬†who seems dismissive of the game of chess, the¬†English language¬†and its literature and Savitri’s habits of versification.

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This is the premise of the film where Savitri faces on the one hand an intellectual isolation at home and on the other, her passions are regarded as worthless by the husband. Within her she tries to make peace, if not her life is very happy and peaceful. That’s when our hero arrives who for the first time defeats her in the game of chess in the history of the August Club. There starts, a relationship of chess, literature and personal poetry between Shishir and Savitra tipping towards a romance; where Shishir is obviously trying to woo her, and Savitra is falling for his moves under the circumstances and the lack of attention. Until, a moment in her life, when she opens her husband’s laptop to recognize his care, concern and love for his wife and children in spite of the lack of time, his busy schedules, his taunts, and his lack of appreciation.

My quarrel with the film is in the way it falls into the loop of the ideal or the good wife. She realizes and she does a touch base with her circumstances and reality however, her life continues with this man who is faithful caring husband nevertheless at some level has trouble accepting her talents. There is no visible change in her situation or her dissatisfaction.

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Rima Kalingal looks lovely in the film, her gait, her sense of dressing, her choice of attire.. Murali Gopi, I am a fan of his acting, but he cannot to save his life cuddle or kiss or make love in this film! There is that awkwardness. The location of their home at the beachfront is serene. There are l’l practical lessons the characters teach you in letting go of your ego, and stubbornness.

The highlight of the film was watching¬†Thilakan¬†and¬†Sukumari. I guess it is the same feeling about not able to see them again on screen just like many of us mourn about¬†Sachin¬†at the 22 yard crease padded, ready with his willow, to face the ball again with an Indian cap…

©pins n ashes 2016