Monday, October 30, 2006
Good depiction of Indian traditions and love
Long ago, there was a film Akkada America - Ikkada India. The director and producer of that film was an NRI from Andhra Shantikumar Chilumula. After taking a long gap, the same director is coming with yet another film based on India and the rest of the world in general and US in particular. Whatever be the intention of the director, the film came out excellently and portrayed the Indian culture and the human-relations here. The film had a delicate love thread but was handled effectively by the director.
Dave (Colin McGhee) and his friend Jayakrishna aka Jack come to India to make a documentary as part of their education. Jack's father Murthy suggests Dave to go to India for making the documentary and he gives the address of one Rao for their stay in Hyderabad. Rao has a daughter called Swapna (Shaila Rao) who is doing her degree in Hindu culture and tradition. So Dave and Jack take the help of Swapna to complete their documentary. Swapna takes them to her paternal uncle's (Tanikella Bharani) place, which is a remote village. Dave falls in love with Swapna in his first sight. During their shoot of documentary, both understand each other and fall in love. But Rao settles Swapna's marriage with some NRI guy without any notice to his daughter. By that time, Swapna is in love with Dave. At this juncture, Murthy come to India along with his wife Jaya (Jayalalitha). Swapna reveals her love to Murthy and he promises to convince his friend Rao. But Murthy gives a colour to it and tells Rao that Swapna is in love with his son Jack. Dave calls up his granny to come to India to broach the alliance. During Rao's Shashtipurthi function, he tries to announce the alliance when everything comes out in open. But Rao refuses his daughter's marriage with Dave. But at the instance of Rao's brother (Bharani) he realises his mistake and accepts the love and marriage of Dave and Swapna. The film ends on a happy note.
The film was brought in a very decent way. The director narrated the Indian tradition, culture, the festivals and the rural atmosphere in a very neat way. Performance of the hero of the film Colin McGhee is another highlight. He showed good histrionics and his body language is also good. Heroine Shaila Rao made a decent appearance. She looked beautiful in traditional dresses as well as in western outfits. Picturisation of the celebration of festivals were also shot well. As was said by the director before the release of the film, it gives an overall picture of the Indian tradition and reminds what the NRIs settled abroad were losing. It brought to light the fading ancient traditions and the relationships between the families, as the NRIs left their places and settled abroad permanently. The director at the same time proved that there are no boundaries and barriers for a true love. Though appeared for very less time on the screen, Bharani bagged honours for his performance and the expressions he had shown in his face were unforgettable.
There are only few minus points in the film. The director, though highlighted everything and the love between the hero and heroine, he ignored the other pair Jack and his girl. It is also not known how Brahmanandam had a link with Rao and the director ignored to establish that link.
It is a film worth watching by one and all. However, the commercial values in the film are a little less. But a film that could be watched together by the entire family. Especially, the way the director highlighting the Indian culture and tradition is worth watching. Even the love episodes were moulded with utmost elegance and Élan.