Gulabi Talkies’ screened at Badami House

The movie was seen as a response to contemporary society in a discussion that followed the film's screening.

Art, Resources, Training Trust (ART) on 12th July, 2009 screened Girish Kasarvalli’s Gulabi Talkies at the Badami House located near NR Circle. Renowned scholars from the field of Film- Studies and Literature took part in the discussion that followed the screening. This was ART’s second event.

Although Sunday morning 10 AM did not see many Bengalureans at the screening, the regulars did not miss it: film-makers, artists and students. The event brought together scholars belonging to different institutions as well as Kasaravalli. Mamata Sagara, Kannada poet and faculty at Central University, Hyderabad, began the discussion by suggesting that Kasarvalli was a film-maker who responds to contemporary society and that we should understand Gulabi Talkies as his latest response. She said that the film cannot be considered singly, independent of Kasarvalli’s other films.a still fom gulabi talkies

A still from the movie ‘Gulabi Talkies’.

N Manu Chakravarthy, Professor at NMKRV College for Women, scholar, author and editor of several books, said that he saw a marked movement from Haseena (another film by Kasarvalli) to Gulabi Talkies. He said that while Haseena represented a time when crises in identity could be resolved organically from within a minority community’s resources such as texts and practices, Gulabi Talkies represented a time when such a resolution had become impossible. Tejaswini Niranjana, founder scholar of Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), author and importantly translator and editor of the book, Gulabi Talkies, a collection of Vaidehi’s stories translated into English, was also a discussant. She said that the film was very different from Vaidehi’s story and demanded independent consideration. She also noted that the film captured the less investigated after-life of cinema within television.

In the discussion that followed, some opined that the film threw around categories such as globalization and communalism too easily, while others insisted that they would value the film for its humour and the human spirit it represented. Kasaravalli responded to questions and talked about the research that had gone into the film, from the Kargil war of 1999 to the rise of communal hatred along the fishing shores of Karnataka. The reinterpretation of Gulabi, a prostitute in Vaidehi’s story to the cinema-crazy Muslim midwife Gulnabi in Gulabi Talkies was discussed, bringing to the fore the interlinkings between the politics practiced and artistic choices made in the film.

ART intends to organize more such events every month. Hopefully Bengalureans will get a good share of scholarly discussions through them! ART also has a growing library of over 2500 books, 100 journals, CDs, DVDs and an image archive. Its library can be used for a charge of Rs. 25 per day for students and Rs. 50 for scholars and professionals.

For more information visit ART’s website or email and look out for the intimation of their next event on Citizen Matters’ event listings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Addressing pet dog attacks: A balance between regulation and compassion

Government intervention is necessary to prevent indiscriminate breeding and trade of pet dogs, and more shelters are needed for abandoned pets.

Recently, two pet Rottweiler dogs attacked a five-year-old child and her mother in a  Corporation park in Nungambakkam, Chennai. Based on a complaint following the incident, police arrested the owners of the dog for negligence and endangering the lives of others (IPC Section 289 and 336). As General Manager-Administration of the Blue Cross of India, I have seen several Rottweilers over the years. While there are laws to address such situations, there needs to be adequate awareness among pet owners that dogs like Rottweilers should be taken for a walk only on a leash. A major portion of the responsibility…

Similar Story

Bardhaman town’s tourism potential: Why it must be developed

West Bengal's Bardhaman town has immense tourism potential. Its development must prioritise sustainable tourism and civic development.

Bardhaman town, renowned for its Bengali sweets like mihidana and sitabhog, is also famous for its rich tapestry of folk culture and heritage sites. The town has immense potential for tourism. But the question arises, how much of it has been explored?   This article aims to shed light on Bardhaman's historical sites, the initiatives to promote tourism while addressing the civic issues hindering its progress, and highlight the need to balance tourism with sustainable development.  Heritage sites of Bardhaman Sher Afghan’s tomb  Located beside Pir Beharam, close to Rajbati, lies the  tomb of Sher Afghan, the resting place of the last…