Cap­tur­ing ‘for­bid­den love’ on cel­lu­loid

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Den­nis S. Je­su­dasan

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.

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