Capturing ‘forbidden love’ on celluloid
If only her deceased husband Shankar had been from her own caste, they would have been living happily, says Gowsalya in the documentary made on her case and screened at the 6th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018 here.
Directed by Sadhana Subramaniam, the 25-minute-long India’s Forbidden Love traces the case of ‘honour killing’ from the beginning primarily from Ms. Gowsalya’s point of view and her quest for justice for her deceased husband. From the efforts Ms. Gowsalya took to ensure justice for her husband to her disappointment over the release of the three accused in the case to her determination to carry on with her campaign against ‘honour killings’, the documentary traces it all.
The filmmaker has also recorded the sentiments of Ms. Gowsalya’s mother Annalakshmi, who eagerly awaits and hopes for her husband’s release from the case. “So many people have spoken against the caste system and nothing happens. Then, it’s better that we change,” she says to justify her stand.
Ms. Gowsalya’s brother Gautham, as is evident from the documentary, still holds a grudge against his sister. He could be seen telling his grandmother that he wouldn’t think twice before hacking his sister, if she returned. The film festival will go on till April 19 at the Max Mueller Bhavan in Nungambakkam.