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Message, subtle and clear



Highlighting a fallout of December 6 ...

THE HELPLESSNESS, exasperation and anger of the peace loving common man are succinctly showcased in the 25-minute short film, "December 6," produced by Sai Surya Enterprises and written and directed by `Kavya' Pugazhendhi. The title is a clear giveaway — the film is about the demolition of Babri Masjid and its aftermath. But the impact that percolates down to every stratum of society and causes apprehension year after year is what "December 6" deals with.

Srikanth and CID Sakuntala, an elderly couple whose wedding anniversary falls on December 6, have the practice of going to the temple on that day every year. They are very much upset over the communal riots that erupt on a December 6. They continue to lead a quiet life, till the wife dies all of a sudden. These normal happenings are juxtaposed with the tension of December 6 every year. On a wedding day after his wife's death the husband visits the temple. The humiliation he is subjected to, at the hands of the policemen in the name of security, makes him turn away in anguish.

Both Srikanth and Sakuntala have come out with very spontaneous and touching portrayals. The abruptness with which scenes begin and end upsets the smoothness you would expect in a narration. Probably things could have been improved at the editing table.

K. Sarath Chander's lighting and cinematography, together with the apt choice of location and settings enhance the naturalness of "December 6."

It is Pugazhendhi's second short film after "Appa" and like in his first film he has a poignant message to convey.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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