The 'throw away’ culture, that is abandoning old things and even people, has been prevailing in our country for many years now. People in the villages even abandon old and sick cattle that are no longer productive. Jalasamadhi, a feature film directed by Venu Nair, who has made numerous award-winning documentaries, revolves around this concept. The movie, which is yet to release, is set in a mythical village named Meenakshipalli, bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The director says that through the movie, he has tried to shed light on one of the less talked about problems in our society . He has given a surreal treatment to the plot. The story has been adapted from the book Adayalangal written by prominent Malayalam novelist Sethu who has also penned the script for the movie.
Elaborating on the plot, Venu says, “As people grow old, they start to become a burden on their families, especially when the cost of medical treatment goes overboard. As a result people leave their parents in old age homes. Jalasamadhi is a movie that reflects the various phases of human nature from life to death. We have not included any commercial aspect in the movie as we wanted to keep it raw and bring the real picture to the audience so that after watching the movie, one will seriously think about this issue and how to correct onself in this regard.”
Newcomer Renjith Shekhar Nair will appear in a prominent role and the director is all praise for him. “Despite being a newcomer, Renjith has done his portions with utmost seriousness and maturity. I am really happy that I was able to pull off the script exactly the way I wanted it to be,” Venu adds.
The cast of the movie also includes Tamil actor M. S. Bhaskar. Other actors are- Vishnu Prakash, Santhosh Kurup, Vanjiyoor Praveen Kumar, Lija Rajen, Shyam Krishnan, Akhil Kumar, Saritha and Varsha. Venu has also produced the film under the banner of Venu Nair Production. Cinematography has been done by Prejith....