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We disagree with Blessy



Movies should draw from reality and one’s own experiences in life rather than the imagination, according to South Indian film director Blessy Iype Thomas. [Indian filmmaker stresses reality over imagination]

Blessy is the director of the films Kaazha (Mammotty) and Thanmatra (Mohanlal) and both the films have won praise from critics and Award Juries.
When we were kids one of the most popular films was My Dear Kuttichathan. Even though the film became a hit due to the 3-D effects, it had a good story and adults enjoyed it as well. There was nothing connected to reality in that movie, but still as audience we liked it because it was a well made movie.

Later we liked many of Priyadarshan’s movies like Chitram and Vandanam. Those movies had contrived stories, contrived scenes and unbelievable twists in the plot. But then we did not care, for it provided us good clean entertainment and at those moments we did not even wonder from which English movie he had stolen them. Few years back, we saw the film Meesha Madhavan, a well made comedy.

In English movies, we have watched the Indian Jones series as well the James Bond movies many many times. The Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy are all products of wonderful imagination. Finding Nemo and Toy Story, which use neoteric animation techniques captured our minds.

Movies based on reality is one genre, but that is not the only one. That would be like eating rice and sambhar every day. Some days we want Gobi Manchurian and some days dosa from the thattu kada.

There are many genres in which films are not made in Malayalam, for example – Children’s movies. We also like to see good drama, thrillers, horror, science fiction and historicals. Sadly very few movie makers try these.

As audience, we want good cinema and are not very particular if it is based on reality or imagination. If Blessy wants to make reality based movies, it is fine. But suggesting that movies should always be based on reality is pure hubris and an insult to film makers of other genres.

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  1. OK, Vt, sorry for being an unabashed Blessy loyalist — but that’s what I am — for his movies have touched me more than those of any other Malayalam director.

    I have to agree that imagination could be put to use to make entertaining movies. However, to suggest, rather uncharitably, that Blessy was insulting other film makers by his observations, is a bit going overboard. I do suspect you are prejudiced against this highly talented film maker. Please shed you anger towards him and be receptive to his good side.

    I, like Blessy, feel that contemporary cinema has become super-saturated with ‘imagination-based’ stories. OK, they can be entertaining, even for adults, but it is about time that we have some dose of reality. Otherwise we, Malayali film goers, are in danger of losing our common sense!

    I do believe that movies have a role in making us aware of ourselves. We need entertainment but we also need to be educated. Blessy’s movies are like fresh water on a parched land following years of drought. We need more of them!

  2. Ramesh,

    Few things first

    We are not prejudiced against any film maker. We are fans of “good cinema”, which is a very general term which excludes mimicry movies and tear jerkers to say the least. We like movie makers who take their craft seriously and spend time on the screenplay. We like film makers who understand that cinema is not a radio drama but a visual medium. Blessy is one director who is a good film maker.

    As I said before Blessy can continue to make his reality movies, but saying that movies should be based on reality rather than imagination is totally out of line.

  3. I got your point and I completely agree with that. And I am wondering how he could say all this. Was the story of Kaazhcha based on real story?? (perhaps earthquake is the only thing that was real in that movie).

  4. But that is what is the problems with we malus is we want everything to be realistic even cinema. Cinema is a form of entertainment and we want it to be like real life but we go to see cinema to get rid of the real life and forget it for sometime. I guess all other films industry(Bollywood and kollywood) have shifted to “only happy ending” whereas we went to “not always a happy ending ” thing. I guesswe are too forward intlectually.
    Edit: i posted this at the older site so posted it here as well

  5. Jo, Thanks. It is the WordPress Dark Maple Theme.
    Karthik, Kerala has the highest suicide rate in the nation. What we need is more and more mimicry movies. (Just kidding).

  6. ** Copied my comment from the original site of vellithira **

    Directors can have their own opinions. But when they substantiate that through their movies, you gotta agree with them.

    I dont think we should be so harsh on Blessy. He was just speaking his mind ( and also proved to one and all that hes a king in making realistic movies). At the end of the day, everyone is entitled to their opinions. Blessy just voiced his.

    Kaazcha and Thanmaathra are examples of excellent cinema and not one moment is unreal. Now what is an example of good cinema – is it something totally unreal, a fantasy without an iota of realism or is it something out and out realistic ? Priyadarshan is an example of the former and Blessy the later. Take a blend of these two, then you have a Sathyan Anthikad. Now all three are excellent directors. Bottomline is all three make good cinema.

    PS: Now if you talk about originality – thats a different matter altogether :-)

  7. I dont say we need mimickry movies but when we see same things wat we see in our life on screen also it gets boring after some time dont u think.

  8. Persuant to an interview with Blessy published in Deepika Newspaper, in the column Cinema, I feel that I need to write the following. As I do not have the time and this page does not permit writing more, I would just like to point to out to Blessy’s statement ‘Nowadays a father hesitate to pamper her daughter at the age of 15 years, having her sit in his lap as he did when she was a child.’ My question: Does a father spoon feed a 15 year old daughter as he did when she was a child. If not, is that due to his lacking of love and affection or the acceptance of the growth of a child. More than physical pampeing and attention, a girl at 15 years old needs mental care and attention. This is not something new which happens in our society recetly, but something being practised by every human society since ancient days. By way of criticing the society and saying something with is natural as an abnoraml abberation is an act to self escalate by thinking that the whole society are fools and that they accept everything. One more statement of Blessy, A child try to engulf the principle or Newton and Archimedes, when it does not know, how he was created. My Question: Do the parents demonstrate in front of him to make him aware that how he was created. This is also quiet natural Mr Blessy, he will be able to learn it when he is at the right age. Just to add a street saying, No need to teach a little squirrel, how to climb on a tree.

    Still, we Malayalees keeping mum to hear the sermon of the so-called genius.

  9. Blessy honoured in his hometown Tiruvalla!! Chief guests for the evening, the stalwarts of Malayalam cinema and Blessy’s heroes Mammooty and Mohan Lal…

  10. Suicides tend to occur because of the flight from reality. Exposure to reality (by this I don’t mean real happenings – as someone seemed to think saying that the events in kazhcha does not depict reality — on the other hand, it means exposure to ‘real human thoughts and emotions’)can make one more stable and less likely to commit suicide. A guy who escapes from the raw emotions and reality of his life through compulsive viewing of mimicry and slapstick movies, I guess, has a greater chance of plunging into the depths of depression that lead to suicide! Because if you escape from reality, reality doesn’t go away, but hunts you down like a vengeful hound sooner or later.
    Movies like kazhcha and tanmatra don’t cause depression- on the contrary help alleviate it.

  11. A film lasts for maximum of 3hours, which is an escape from reality. After that you have about 21 hours of life remaining in a day to face reality. So by viewing a mimicry film, no one gets detached from the world, unless the man is sitting in a room watching one Salim Kumar or Jayasurya movie one after the other.

    School children commit suicide due to fear of scolding from parents for bad grades. Women commit suicide due to abuse. Watching reality or comedy movies will have negligible effect on such people.

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