Bakita Byaktigoto, released in 2013, is not just timely but timeless. It can be read both as a censure against a particular brand of love and an acknowledgement of the many love(s) that lie scattered, unnoticed.
The cluster of symptoms, consisting of progressive loss of memory, impairing the functioning of day to day activities, affecting cognitive skills, are indicative of dementia. An umbrella term in itself, it can be caused by various factors. Azheimer’s, characterised by memory loss, is one of its symptoms.
Abu’s film, Virus is brilliantly crafted and feels astonishingly economical for the sheer breadth of the trajectory it encompasses: the eruption of the medical epidemic in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala , and its eradication.
Ashwin Saravanan’s Game Over (streaming on Netflix) — an affecting portrayal of a woman living with trauma and attempting to overcome it — deftly captures the dread, woman, especially those staying alone, live with.
The Loudest Voice takes time to pick up and despite its stellar ensemble is not consistently engrossing. But the show, even with its flaws, is a necessary watch for how timely it feels on more than one account.
Women, hailed as a symbol of chastity and biological reproducers, stood at the heart of the brutality of violence that Partition entailed, with men wrestling their power and domination through and on them.
Unlike the novel or Satyajit Ray’s film, where the politics of the author is not only blatant but his allegiance is foregrounded, Aparna Sen is more nuanced, less blatant in her adaptation of Gharey Bairey.