29 November, 2020

Ijjodu (Kannada)

Somewhere between a docudrama and a soap episode on prime-time TV. The keenness to sloganeer is its undoing.

Ijjodu (Kannada)

Starring: Meera Jasmine, Aniruddha Jatkar, Arundathi Jatkar
Directed by M.S. Sathyu
Rating: **

Ijjodu or the incompatible is a tale where the rational meets the superstitious and reason confronts faith. It’s modernity accidentally coming face to face with tradition when Ananda (Aniruddha Jatkar), a photojournalist, accidentally runs into Chenni (Meera Jasmine), a devadasi, in a village dotted by Hoysala temples. Like in the case of most devadasi women, here too, Chenni is pushed into prostitution behind the euphemistic veil of custom and her father, the village headman, is running a clandestine economy capitalising on his daughter’s innocence. Running parallel to this is the story of another woman, Kempi, who, when war-widowed, takes a bold decision to remarry a person younger to her. While...



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