India | 2016 | 177 mins | Malayalam | Director Attending
Kammatipaadam tells a story of the transformation of a city from its lush green serene past, which through bloodshed and violence is turned into a concrete jungle. Krishnan, a security officer in Mumbai, receives a call from his childhood friend Ganga. Ganga is in danger and needs Krishnan’s help. Krishnan, who returns to the city of Cochin, recalls his past and how manipulative forces used and discarded true inhabitants of Cochin city, according to their greedy needs. The innocent friendship of a middle-class Hindu boy ‘Krishnan’ with a Dalit boy ‘Ganga’ and his family, forms the crux of the movie. ‘Krishnan’ along with ‘Ganga’ are exposed to violence at a very small age. Inspired by the heroics and manliness of ‘Ganga’s elder brother ‘Balettan’, ‘Krishnan’ and his gang indulge in unlawful activities as they grow up. ‘Krishnan’ turns into a complete outlaw by murdering a policeman during his adolescence. ‘Balettan’ argues with his grandfather over his deeds and complains about his forefathers’ ideologies being useless. The film urges to question the false images of development which trivialised traditional values and beliefs held by Dalits, thus creating a disoriented generation from the Dalit community, who were maneuvered to violence by the rich.
Rajeev Ravi is an alumni of Film and Television Institute of India-Pune. He debuted as an independent cinematographer with the film Chandni Bar (2001) directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Rajeev has collaborated with Anurag Kashyap on several commercial and art films. Rajeev won the 2010 Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D. In 2013, he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Liar’s Dice directed by Geetu Mohandas. Rajeev made his directorial debut was the Malayalam film Annayum Rasoolum (2013), followed by Njan Steve Lopez in 2014. Kammatipaadam, his third directorial venture was released on 20 May 2016.