Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Amma Ariyan

Jul 17, 2012, 7:36:55 PM (10 years ago)



  • Amma Ariyan

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     1Amma Ariyan 
     2aka Report to Mother 
     31986 115’ b&w Malayalam 
     4d/s John Abraham pc Odessa Movies c Venu 
     5m Sunitha 
     6lp Joy Mathew, Maji Venkitesh, Nilambur Balan, 
     7Harinarayanan, Kunhulakshmi Amma, Itingal 
     8Narayani, Nazim, Ramachandran Mokeri, Kallai 
     9Balan, Thomas, Venu C. Menon 
     12Abraham’s last and most complex film is told in 
     13the form of an open letter from a son, Purushan 
     14(Mathew), to his mother (Kunhulakshmi) while 
     15interweaving fact and fiction with fragments of 
     16memory. Purushan sets out for Delhi with his 
     17friend Paru (Venkitesh), who is researching a 
     18thesis on Durga, the mother goddess, a figure 
     19traditionally though ambiguously representing 
     20the cohesive forces of nature. Along the way 
     21they find a hanged man (Harinarayan) who 
     22seems hauntingly familiar, a suicide. 
     23Reconstructing the identity of the corpse takes 
     24Purushan, and a growing body of young men 
     25who all have a stake in the youth’s history, 
     26from the northern highlands of Kerala to 
     27Southern Cochin and ends with a re-evaluation 
     28of a generation’s radical past. Along the way, 
     29Abraham filmed an actual quarry workers’ 
     30strike, echoing Kerala’s troubled 70s, and 
     31manages to endow both the journey and the 
     32central character with broader historical 
     33resonances in a manner reminiscent of the 
     34director’s master, Ritwik Ghatak’s Jukti 
     35Takko Aar Gappo (1974): a style full of irony 
     36and with a free-wheelingly innovative 
     37approach to sound and to narrative structures. 
     38The first production of the Odessa group, it 
     39was made entirely through raising funds from 
     40public contributions, supported by the Kerala 
     41State Film Development Corporation. 
     42Abraham’s death, shortly after the film was 
     43made, elevated it to cult status while also 
     44merging together the fate of the director with 
     45that of the main protagonist, both strongly 
     46inflected with Christian themes of innocence 
     47and martyrdom.