Posted on September 13, 2016
See here for what this series is about.
This short is by Udayraj P J, “my graduation film inspired by Tulu folktales titled Pollena Kathe”
September 14, 2016
Nice. It is so much easier to watch when a film seeks attention to itself and not to its creator. This is a longish short for my taste and yet I saw it thrice. Once reading the subtitles, once just for the images and finally, once for the beautiful language that Tulu is. This is now only the second Tulu film I know of after Bangar Patler.
I also liked that the treasure hunt was sort of parenthesised by the two cricket commentary bits, from a tournament where India did strike gold.
What a lovely film! Engrossing! Able to understand as I interacted with people who spoke tulu and Kannada. With only 3 actors and some bananas. Beautifully shot and captured the essence of village and temple. Thanks BR for this.
And thank god for simplicity and no violence and no eccentricity.
September 15, 2016
You filmed the first conversation scene in the temple with the priest behind the door wires and Polla casually. Is this a suggestion of priest leading Slave life, Pollan leading a free life inside the temple? I am sure this is intentional.
When the priest hears about the Pollan story becoming true, You super impose dog bark over priest image which is understandable(The dog bark also return at end). But what is the reason to super impose cat meow over the shot of priest taking the banana bunch for Pollan.
Your shot selections, sense of location really inspiring.
Thanks for making the movie.
@BR, This no way Amateur Art, it’s Mature Craft.
I “discovered” Amit Dutta recently and saw this :
Its beautiful , though i don’t know what it is supposed to mean.
கோவி: Amateur in the non-professional sense. Not necessarily in the “it is an amateurish effort” sense.
Udayraj P J
September 16, 2016
Thank you for the kind words.
@brangan Thank you for featuring the film. Would love to read what you think
@Kovi Not a slave, but the priest is trapped in his idea of needs. The dog I assumed is at the treasure place or the village headman’s house since there is a lot of activity/strangers there in the film. The priest steps on the cat’s tail in his enthusiasm offscreen. For this slapstick and for an idea of a house cat, we have the sound. Brahmin households there don’t mind cats inside their houses. Unfortunately dogs are considered untouchable however.
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