‘Photo’ movie review: A hard-hitting document of our dark times

Mar14,2024


Viresh Gonwar in 'Photo'.

Viresh Gonwar in 'Photo'. , Photo Courtesy: Masari Talkies/Youtube

It's clear that people have already forgotten parts of the pandemic period, and any film on the consequences of the global health crisis needs to be extra special to pique their curiosity. festival of goonwar picture passes this tough test because it is a stark reminder of our dark times, especially for urban audiences who may have less knowledge of what people from disadvantaged backgrounds had to go through during the pandemic days.

Based in Raichur, picture It starts with a boy's dream. Durgya (Veeresh Gonwar) is in awe of the Vidhan Soudha, India's largest state legislative building. People love to take photographs in front of the majestic building, a famous historical building of Bengaluru. Durgya sees Vidhana Soudha's photo in her neighbor's house and in her classroom and falls in love with him. When his school announces a 15-day holiday due to the pandemic, he gets a chance to fulfill his dream.

Durgya convinces her mother (Sandhya Arakere) to send her to Bengaluru, where her father (Mahadev Adapa) works as a construction worker. On the day he sets out to visit the building with his father, Durgya's hopes are dashed when the government announces a public curfew to prevent the spread of the virus. A few days later, the future of the father-son duo looks uncertain after the Prime Minister announced a three-week lockdown.

Photo (Kannada)

Director: Utsav Gonwar

Mould: Viresh Gonwar, Mahadev Hadpad, Sandhya Arakere

Runtime: 138 minutes

Story: A daily wage laborer in Bengaluru and his 10-year-old son decided to go back to their hometown Raichur during the pandemic

The camera zooms in on Vidhana Soudha's picture in Durgya's classroom, with the line “Government's work is God's work” written next to the picture. With its first film, Utsav asked this bold question: What happens when God, who is supposed to be the savior, turns a blind eye to the plight of the poor? picture A rare Kannada film of recent times that is bravely political. It raises questions over the management of the dire situation and shows the atrocities faced by poor migrants who walked hundreds of kilometers to reach their home towns.

While those who could afford a decent life in the cities ensured they were safe at home, migrants struggled to access basic amenities. With both having difficulty finding a toilet or a place to sleep, Durgya and her father's long journey represents a horrific situation that no one should have to go through.

humor in picture This comes from the director's sarcastic comment on some instructions from the government. Durgya's father is shocked when he sees people on the road banging plates and raising slogans, “Go Corona, Go.” The next day, when another daily wage laborer asks, “Can a procession kill the virus,” it seems as if the director is asking the government a question.

Utsav also points the finger at those who believed everything said on social media during the pandemic. The film argues that while some scenes showed love and brotherhood among people, some of the videos of rich people helping the needy were pretentious.

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picture There are long periods of silence, but the lack of dialogue doesn't mean the film is uninteresting. The festival uses attractive visuals to make its point. The father-son duo's arduous journey on the road may be repetitive, but it highlights in the film how mundane and laborious the entire episode was for the migrants.

It helps that the film doesn't dramatize people's desperate plight. The emotional ending of the tender father-son bond is a fitting conclusion to this document of our darkest times.

Photo will be released in theaters on March 15

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