Kalla Nottam at New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF): Rahul Riji Nair’s interesting, immersive drama sees only what a GoPro camera sees

Posted on July 30, 2020

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A regular film tells us a story that has been recorded on a camera, and then edited in a way that (usually) gives the audience knowledge that the characters themselves may not have. Here, we travel only with the camera.

Spoilers ahead…

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The owner of a small provisions store — the all-in-one kind you find on street-sides, selling everything from eggs and chips to sooji and phenyl — gets a GoPro camera. It’s a gift. He doesn’t know what to do with it at home, so he places it on a shelf in the store. It becomes a kinda-sorta CCTV camera, though what comes under surveillance — slowly — is less the store, more the surroundings. I mean the countryside, which looks like rural Kerala. And by extension, I mean the society at large. The opening stretch says that this society is obsessed with cinema. A sixth-standard boy named Vincent (Vasudev Sajeesh Marar) has been eyeing the camera for a while. He wants to make a movie. The first opportunity he gets, he runs into the store and runs out with the camera.

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