Jithin Issac Thomas’s ‘Attention Please’ is a chilling allegory about caste and cinema, where the screenwriter is equated with the Dalit

Posted on August 30, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

My reading of the title is that it is a cry for help. “Please pay me attention.” That is what the screenwriter indirectly says, both in cinema and in this particular movie.

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At first, it feels like one of those films where a bunch of bachelors live together. They cook. They booze. They all want or wanted to enter the world of cinema, and they talk nonstop about cinema. They talk about Mammootty and Mohanlal. They talk about Jomon T John and Syam Pushkaran. They talk about how lucky Karthick Naren was, because his father financed his breakthrough film Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. They talk about the moral policing in Ishq. We even get a character whose ringtone is from the shower scene in Psycho. Every now and then, we get a little non-cinematic note about a character – sometimes through a cross around the neck or a thread that runs around the torso, or sometimes through lines by someone who cannot get married because he has to marry off his sister first, or sometimes through the man who wants to be a cinematographer but is working as a driver to make ends meet.

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