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Meals Ready - Short Film Review
About this Film
In India, Kalaignar TV is conducting Film show among the young talented directors, titled "Naalaya Iyakkunar" which means "Tomorrow's Director". In this program me number of directors will participate with their short film, which will run for 10 to 12 minutes.
One of such contested movie is Meals Ready. This short film was produced by Atheetha productions and directed by Nithuna Nevil Dinesh. After contesting with many short films this one has won the best short film.
You can just view the short film and the review of this short movie, as opined by my friends,
The standing sign post is never going to make it beyond here (it is too far along in his life and he got there because there was no alternative to getting there). But the question is what about his son/daughter and grandchildren? I have a feeling that they are, with every generation, likely to progress much further than the generation before. Yet, the 350 Million population during Indepedence is now 1.2 Billion That means new standing sign posts have been generated in more absolute numbers than used to exist in the past. If you look in the urban roads of today, you probably see a lot more acute signs of poverty than seen in this short film.
When outsiders look at India, they see a big opportunity in our country and the people within finding a way to use the potential to really get moving. Yet, the realists are quick to see that these things take time, given the sociopolitical system that we see in the country and it is very slow evolution and very little chance of a big revolution. For a revolution to happen, we need to see those affected by the inequalities (i.e., the wrong end of the stick) feeling very unhappy, triggering unrest - but what we see is the acceptance personified by the old man and his wife in this short story.
When I was on some serious recruitment of young staff, I did notice that a lot of candidates were coming from families whose heads were probably the standing sign post we see in the short story. I saw during my 3 years working with these staff that while they were never likely to be brilliant, they understood the reason for establishment of R&D in India, learnt enough skills to get done what was needed to be done and the stake holders were quite happy and eager to give more responsibilities to us.
The flip side was that since they were content with what existed, they did not have the hunger to strive for having a bigger vision and work towards bigger responsibilities.
The book takes the reader through the entire process of making a short film, planning for a shooting schedule of 3 days
There is this 60-70 year old man, willing to act as sign post for 4-5 hours. Why a sign post can't be put? Probably because that eatery is in an unauthorized place, but has come up because of political/caste/communal powers.
Now, what can a man, whom the owner doesn't even consider fit to work as waiter/cook and only substitute for sign post expect out of life? Just few tit bits here and there.
Even that cat has been rendered worthless by this environment. It is a countryside with plenty of rats/small animals for it to eat, but that cat is content sitting with that old women eating few tit bits of old rice!
Please understand, we need lions, not these signposts and pussycats. Use your brains and emotions in the right direction.
Meals Ready - short film - Video
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