‘Nivin Pauly was scared… in a really good way’

Posted on August 26, 2019


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Ahead of ‘Moothon’, which will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and MAMI, Geetu Mohandas talks about her movies and her methods.

Let’s talk about the goat, I told Geetu Mohandas over the phone. Some of you may know the goat. It’s the goat in Geetu’s first feature, Liar’s Dice, that the impoverished protagonist (played by Gitanjali Thapa) takes along, on the road trip from somewhere in the Himalayas to New Delhi, in search of her missing husband. Metaphors are hard to explain – it’s the filmic equivalent of decoding poetry without losing the magic. But Geetu does an admirable job of likening the goat to the missing husband without making it sound silly. She begins with a different animal, saying it’s a dog-eat-dog world. There are predators and there’s prey. In the end, the goat is (figuratively) sacrificed – like the husband, a migrant labourer who has been sacrificed at the altar of globalisation. I asked if the goat, then, could be the husband’s memory that the woman is dragging along. Geetu chews on that a bit.

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