AN­I­MOS­ITY IS NOT OUR DES­TINY

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and pol­i­tics, Visaranai is a vis­ceral labour­ers from Tamil Nadu in Andhra halls pro­vided a hide­away from par­ents watch largely due to Vetri­maaran’s Pradesh and the hos­til­ity they face. and an es­cape from re­al­ity. no-holds-barred look at the atroc­i­ties The per­fec­tion­ist in him feels that Cricket and col­lege would bring Wcomitmhithteyd­sit­ne­jrailaad­ndo­tuhbe lsi­h­na­gr­paes­dipt-olif­ci­lym,stahrew­foro­pro­ld­ste­croity­mam­n­duth­neirtey­foirse tirhin­img­tooCfhPeannka-iI­nand­di­anost qloun­gaabft­ber­lehsis ing of the late Kishore Te. they should be “some­thing which grad­u­a­tion in English lit­er­a­ture from

Un­der his as­sured di­rec­tion, view­ers I’m not ashamed of. If a film can’t Loy­ola Col­lege, he’d as­sist pop­u­lar get hooked to tAh­e­se­fantsee­o­fofthdeéfjoàurvu. eItx’sc­itleike­mea ab­n­radwtleachPamki­es­tas­nominet­tehri­nag­tion­faillm­lym” afokr­eralBlea­gleudlMy ab­hee­ing­dra .‘t“eHrre­orhi­asts’ mi­grant labour­ers­b­weth­woeeanre sac­ch­cou­oslechdil­draebno,utexlicfe,pthetnhait is nstoat­tew.oOrbthvipourslsyut-hes­beeweno­radsvcear­ryrystl­ri­totl­neg­wienifgluhet noc­thee,”r tshaayns of a crime they didtnh’tecpol­maymer­it­saan­rdeg­peotl­i­cy­im­nga.k”eCrisn.eB­maang­foirn­somtheeis­paolmi­tiecanl sgafoinrs thVe tIrn­im­di­a­narparn­i­mae­bo­mutin­hisit­sermbeenl­tio­evrews ihthe dragged into a potl­hite­ic­malildyd-mleoo­tif­vathteis­d­braewscl,apthee, bKu­at­shfom­rirVetr­mi­mayaam­rankeaon­fanth-e hwom­hoem­frhoenwt.oMr­keead­nf­wohri­alelm, tohse­taR­duesc­sa­iadnes. crime. Af­ter its premupierir­seinagt cthoen­tVi­nenuiecse, onltyas­totib­caelq­suetltliendg­b­cyan cbae­mues­teodPa­to­kic­stoann- for“aHfeirisnt­tre­ovderucjoei­d­nt­meilti­toar­wyoerxlderci­in­sem. a. In­ter­na­tional Film­leFtehsatliv­pael­l­l­leat­st­ty­heaa­trh, aveneb­clit­nwdeit­dht“ereenalgi­ssues”,Htyost­pereia­seis­ntaapoorI flo­er­am­r­noefd­peovliecryy­ath­nid­ngth­aeb­wouotrl­cd­hcaor­ma­cm­teur­, where it won ac­claiemrsa. nM­dawnyasI­nad­wianrsd-too aseren­scir­bil­te­icafill­mof ith. at isnni­toythoab­sl­givei­noeur­salt­loy sto­plpoet darnedachtoinwg to cgoemt ap­cla­toin­rtss to­had­tee­l­imveared the Cin­ema for HumI­taan­l­lRsit­gahrtesd with the un­for­tu­nate Uri nate from the two sides of­frothme hPi­amki.s”tan­India border. The award, the fes­ti­vatl­tack­ut­th­watalseft 18 In­dian sol­diers dead. two gov­ern­ments will have to taItlkw­taos­rae­soalvne­ab­sis­laist­tear­natl di­s­is­rueec­stCoree­tok,MBahluec­n­hdirsa­taonn, deemNeAdStIoMo stark aTnd­heVil­saat­erast­n­far­iom the In­dian prime min­isof trade, trade routes, Sir PAadthaunOko­rut, releZasEeHdRinAcin­e­mat­seeraisr,li“eBrl­to­hoids and wa­ter can­not flow toSamjhauta, the Mum­bai atK­tac­nkas,Kwaatlearm­prthoabtlehmesf,irc­slit­m­maetet year with a mod­gi­efite­hder”so. uTn­hdis was fol­lowed by news of change etc. On Kash­mir, hDo­hwaen­vuers,ht.hTe­hinetearc­n­toar­tiohnaasl gcomnedIned­si­gan’s dtoec­tios­nioend­towren­vite­hwe tehmeoI-ndus Basin Wa­ter Treaty of mu­nity is in­ter­mit­tently foroc­nedtto rbeea­cot.me Vetri­maaran’s t1io9n6s0. aBnudt td­hisec­nusV­seitorn­ims aoan­ral­in­mits­ing trade. In Pak­istan too, While the K word clearl­cyl­loieses­satt tchoell­cao­broeroaft orusr, es­nt­daur ring kth­ne­or­wenare­to­can­l­lost­tos­b­paononIn-fdeieadn phlaisnes from Pak­istani airspace ad­ver­sity, the litany of muin­tuhails­g­fir­riset­vatwn­coef­silmis­saan­lod­nj­goion­nt­ley: aun­di­eton­cfeu.rther limit the pas­sage of In­dian trade goods via India’s ac­tive role in the brepark­oud­puoc­fiP­nagk­tih­stean,aP­tiaok­ni­ast­laanw’sar­rodleKhal­is­tan­wmi­non­vein­m­gen­fitl,mIns­diKaa’sap­krae­eMmupt­ti­avie, Pak­istan. The prime min­is­ter of Pak­istan has opted to stay in pro­mot­ing the clear hofeis­sauuindgietnhcre­ats­ba­tock­In­d­ina. In­stead, he has re­mained oc­cu­pa­tion of Si­achen an­daPbaokuitst­wano’slbul­munkdiedrsi’nmgi­isnstion­th­toe sin­gulTaarm­ly­il­foN­caud­seud­woan­nth­heimKat­sohmir is­sue, specif­i­cally the Drass­Kargil heights, prox­yeaw­taprisz,zian,teal­sow­pel­r­laati­soVniss,alir­gah­n­taini.g hum­ab­ner­imghotr­se­v­pi­or­loalti­fioicn.sO. Innly­fahcet, by not men­tion­ing India’s up the LoC, be­head­ing sol­diers,Tb­haen­ndi­unog fjli­ugshttswar­nadp­plimedi­tiunpg iasg­gtoroessjuiv­de­ic­pi­oluit­sicwal­hi­en­nter­mveank­ti­inogn on Baluchis­tan or the In­dor stalling trade. Nei­ther nsah­toioon­tin­hgasV­gaa­di­aneCd­haenyn­tahi,nga bfielmy­ciai nesmpya.mAaf­steter­rmKaukl­binhgush­hisad­neYbaud­tav, Nawaz has earned some ond pro­pa­ganda from theabroauwt l­thanedu­snc­dr­eraw­mor­plodl,icwy hth­ic­aht wcri­it­thicPi­somll adthaov­maen. (N2e0v0e7r)t,hseel­tesins, he re­mains a man look­ing has shad­owed their dis­mal­rheilse­taos­reys. next year. Vetri­maaran tfhore pweoar­cled wofitb­hikInedti­haeaft­ng­daang­sos,luition on Kash­mir. So let’s step back to look­catllws hDah­tains up­sohssti­h­belep­beert­fwe­ceter­neop­ulir­bcea­caouf wouIl­nd­dibae’s floisutro­fy­deaiprl­so­mu­naticl t‘fhaevours’ to Pak­istan, re­called coun­tries. We must do so sheimwseenlfe­feodr—thaenbdi­ga­b­scorveeanl.l rel­ceeanste­ly­obf hy­iIsnndeiaxtn, Afoardeuigk­nam­laimni,ster Sushma Swaraj at the our re­spec­tive lead­er­ships “nIeoendl—y htoav­bel­tio­evteltl­haimt atnhime boasirtey wUNhi,ci­h­ncwlu­o­duel dsaene ainc­vaitraeteior-nd­te­ofiPna- kistan’s PM to Modi’s in­auand ad­ver­sity is not our desmti­inyi.mum to get what I want ignu­gr­pae­tirofno­ram­nad­nMce­of­droi’sm­sD­toh­paon­vues­rhin La­hore. Yet, Nawaz too That brings us to the qou­uet­stoiof nhiomf ,wah­nadt haescwanorik­mepdesrosLoan­haotreew­shuamtIm­si­aty,w”ah­sesaaybsr.e“aHkearen­pde­mataerd­klyth­weed­net bthuet eoxf tTraamp­silee—by at­tend­ing Modi’s in­a­u­far. The Fe­bru­ary 1999 Pgaun­ran­tu­ioc­nudr­ere­sp­nit­t­ley cm­ri­atikci­ins­gmwaat vheosme, by sign­ing the weak Ufa through mo­ment in Pak­ista[Dn­hIan­nduias­rhe]lah­taios­nas.hI­tup­nudtrte­hde tp­weor fao­gr­rPeein­mke. nRtew­coitlh­leIc­nt­dini­a­gatnhdeeenxspuer-ing an in­quiry on Pathankot. coun­tries on the path to rec­seon­lvtifnagithouintswtah­nad­tien­vgeirsI­sudeos.”and rTi­hen­incges, bPeag­nanu­toaf­papll­raep­ca­iartew­shtehneDelhi in­sisted that the postin­deed Kash­mir as well. ThenToP­gaek­thise­tarn’tshKe­yarg­wilil­blluh­nad­veer fUil­f­mamvi­asik­te­bry’sSsaurgt­gae­jsA­ti­zoinz cthoautld­sh­neot ac­com­mo­date a meet­ing struck all this progress dowthne.iIrn­waon­rikroc­nuict towuit­sta,sit­twheays thrye nwoith­wKeaas­rhmi­arki le-au­d­per­fos.rTthies wp ar­st­fol­lowed by the fence­mendKargil man, General Pervet­zoMenusuhraer­rtah­fawt thhoeomptemdbto­ert­sakoef oin­fgth­Meodqi­u­vieis­titA—nagn­lod-tIhned­ni­ac­namgierlthe Kash­miri up­ris­ing. But for­ward what the Sharif gth­o­eveAr­c­namdem­n­ty­hoafdMion­ti­toinatPeidc.tuTrhees ait­nd­wah­sishi­anrs­dis­te­fon­rceIn­od­ni­a­hetor nbo­latme fourA­protsi­nat­nf­dorSm­cie­un­lac,esw(hAiMchPAdSid) sienerPealkyin­stganonutnhteil pthre­omUpriteart­toar­ckm. im­ing volVveisathre­anKaai.shF­morirthisew­foituhrothutygeiavrin­ing Hhears TaIm­ndil­iali’ns­esf­bin­ugtewr­oproki­int­gin­hgard a ruopwP, aInk­disi­atahna’ssUpNick­peod­si­a­tiod­nraom­naKw­a­sith­hthoelpeead­rnDethlhei?laTn­hgeuiassguee. o“Hf Keaishamimr an nom­neir,owf ath­seas­goonogd-ab­nedgi-nd­naincge. rou­tine ow­fitfhewKwa­sohrmd­sir­bisu­taswh­tah­teevper­im­hearsyays long aDses­sopci­itaetethdewiathr cIrniedsi,atnheciIned­mi­aan mpaark­tyessatil­lont eoefdsse­nas­ree,”sosl­hue­tios­nayas.n“dHis buPtMa nfi­olmw wne­hei­d­chs tios sreotot­tled­doin­wn­re­tao­li­atyn. fi­olmr sbo­htahvePaskuic­sh­tamn eat­nic­dulIonudsiaren­so­era­rch Unulinkceonin­ditIin­od­nial wdi­haelorgeuVeewtritmhaPaaraknitmhaltisyinogure­claanti­noonts ir­seimap­keerathiveem. . He sayst­sahne. Tdi­h­den’itsshuaevse atroeub­wlellc­okn­voi­wncn-. himNsealwf awzanSth­sar­toif’sgoon­bleyy­oc­nomd maned­nt­not in­gAn­h­dis­in­prKoadsuhcmeirr,oarn­heiws ianct­te­or­rnset­oem­bekoenet­phe­do­Uirni­gatthaeck­saw­maes tfhil­amt ti­h­neain­coit­her a paorw­te­or­fet­d­hgeefnilemra, taionnd it­sh­peaa­susi­doineantceelsy ldaen­ng­tu­amgea.y” have been linked to to aw­nadtc­ahutiot,nHo­mololyuwsloy­ocdh,ahrtein­isg aon­cloyutrosoe IndFiaonr rAeap­dreusk­saiolanmi,n VKe­tar­sih­m­ma­iarr. an aw­foarei,tswfi­ull­tubree.aMde­ifafen­r­wen­htileb,atll­hgeamkey. sP­paeknist­tatnh’sre­fier­styreeas­rp­soninse tMoathdeurUarii to “Wqeuehsatvioen­tois:swtair­llt Naan­weawz jSo­huar­rnief yfi­nad­nda uat­nt­dacekr­swtaans­dto thhoeld awnorinkdinepges­n­doefnt­the wepawritlnl ehrafvoer tpoeale­caerin tIongdeiath?er,” says uin­nq­dueiry­groonutnhde in­wcio­drel­ndt. Ionfdi­cao’scrke­faig­htic­ntigo;nwhitahs Vetri­maaran. What­ever the des­ti­na­tion, Vbiesean­raan­ca­ciomit pwaan­siep­di­v­wotiathl he he is al­rTe­hae­dayuath­worin­is­naePr.ak­istani li­ot­sok­staat­tet­dhe pmo­laicr­gyi­noaflise“dis­osltaat­tiunsg of Foll­coowmth­mewer­nit­tear

TDHANUSH IN A STILL FROM AADUKALAM

the “con­sumerist, mod­ern and glob­alised world”.

Born to a vet­eri­nary sci­en­tist fa­ther and a mother who ran a school, Vetri­maaran grew up in the town of Ra­nipet in Vel­lore. With lit­tle in­ter­est in aca­demics he skipped classes and much to his fa­ther’s dis­ap­point­ment showed no signs of ful­fill­ing the least ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion which was to “be­come an en­gi­neer”. In­stead he spent a bet­ter part of his child­hood watch­ing films—Mani Rat­nam, like for many of his gen­er­a­tion, was a favourite—the dark­ness of cin­ema

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