October- Cinema at its Poetic Best

October (2018)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao
Screenplay: Juhi Chaturvedi
Music: Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhyay

Just 6 months old, October has taken a place in my all time favourites and moreover stamped a place in my heart. And this should be the same for all those who are behind beautiful pieces of art. A film without any commercial additions, a film where you can see real life and pure emotions. Shoojit Sircar has weaved a modern masterpiece in the most poetic manner.

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Dan, a student of hotel management is an intern at a top hotel in Delhi along with his batch mates. An incident occurs at the hotel where one of his colleagues Shiuli, lands up at the hospital. This affects Dan far deeply than he ever imagined, and from there on, he embarks on an emotional journey where he seeks answers and love in the strangest of circumstances.

October is cinema at its simplistic best. During its 115 minutes, you doesn’t feel that you’re watching a film. You just feel that you’re seeing the lives of some random people with all its rawness. Such was the conviction with which Shoojit Sircar executed Juhi Chaturvedi’s masterful script on to the screen. October doesn’t speak a lot, still it touches you so deeply that you’re left numb when the end credits roll. Shiuli is in a vegetable state throughout and it is her eyes that conveys things to Dan, who just can’t escape from Shiuli’s last words. When was the last time such pure unadulterated selfless love written in our cinema.

Varun Dhawan in a controlled and restrained performance was able to make Dan look convincing. This is by far his best performance till date, only the one in Badlapur reach any closer. Banita Sandhu, in her debut outing was able to create an impact despite being a vegetable for most parts. Her beautiful eyes conveying with Dan’s mind was a treat to watch. Gitanjali Rao, who essayed Shiuli’s mother was also a fine casting.

One thing that made October cent percent realistic was the absence of any on screen songs. Shantanu Moitra’s terrific background score was the only piece of music in the film. His violin in the October theme track was just too melancholic. Still, October had few songs which were released online and were not used in the film. ‘Manwaa’ in the voice of Sunidhi Chauhan and ‘Tab bhi tu’ in the voice of Rahet Fateh Ali Khan were instant favourites.

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Good movies are hard to be written about and this is the same case with October. One that you have to experience it yourself and the best example of a poetic cinema. Not everyone’s cup of tea, if you are a genuine cinephile and a lover of life, this is a must watch. The 2018 movie that I have watched the most number of times, knowing well that it will drain me emotionally every single time. Hands down the best of 2018, thank you Shoojit Sircar,Juhi Chaturvedi, Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu and Shantanu Moitra for giving a kind of  film that every filmmaking aspirant would one day love to make.

AKASH

NB: All images are taken from the internet.

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Mounaragam – a Silent Eternal Breeze

Mounaragam(1986)
Director: Mani Ratnam
Cast: Revathi, Mohan, Karthik
Story and Screenplay: Mani Ratnam
Music: Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography: PC Sreeram

Speak to me about films in general and in ten minutes you will know how madly I worship Mani Ratnam. One true legend of our Cinema who has over the years mastered the art of giving out commercial films that are rich in content.  Mani Ratnam has made some of the  finest classics of Tamil cinema like Nayagan, Iruvar, Kannathil Muthamittal, Dalapathi etc., but to me, this beautiful tale of a husband trying to win his wife over a series of events, is and will always be the most favourite Mani Ratnam movie.

The film is the tale of Divya, an energetic college girl, dancing in the rain ready to take on life and a few scenes later she is married off by her parents. She had a past love with Manohar, a revolutionary who got gunned down. Chandrakumar, her husband being a good guy, tries hard to win over her even when she wishes to go back to her parents and wants divorce.

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There are so many beautiful scenes in Mounaragam which shows us the craft of Mani Ratnam the Writer. The best of all is the scene in which when CK asks Divya why she can’t love him back, Divya slowly walks away and then says, “Yenaa en idhayam enkitte ille”(I don’t have my heart with me). Such a perfect placement of that scene in the film shows why Mani Ratnam was miles ahead of others even then. Another memorable scene is the one in which Manohar proposes to Divya through the mic in the college, the legacy of it is reflected in the many number of movies using that line for proposal. The song ‘Oho Megham Vandhado’ in which Divya dances in the rain, was Mani Ratnam’s ode to the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain. This was also the breakthrough film for Mani Ratnam as a director. Many of his now iconic repeated scenes like the mirror scenes, his trademark bus shots and all started with Mounaragam.

Mani Ratnam has always given us some powerful female characters unlike many of the other mainstream directors. And of all those powerful women brigade, Revathi’s Divya will always be my favourite. Divya was not reluctant to say that she wanted divorce right after her marriage and always stood by her stance. What a powerful and effective performance from Revathi! In 2013, Forbes India included Revathi’s performance in its list of ’25 great acting performances of Indian Cinema’. She must have been a dream girl for boys then for sure. Karthik, on the screen for just 20 minutes got one of the best ever cameo roles and his sequences with Revathi were so charming. Mohan also excelled with a very fine and controlled performance.

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Another aspect that made Mounaragam eternal is obviously Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja’s golden songs. ‘Chinna chinna vanna kuyil’ and ‘Nilaave Vaa’ are chart busters even now. We all speak about how grateful it has been for us to grow up listening to the songs of AR Rahman. Then it would have been tad too blissful for our older generation who had grown up with Isaignani’s songs. Still as SJ Suryah says in Iraivi, “Raja Raja thaan”.

The frames of PC Sreeram were just out of the world ones. He introduced many new lighting techniques in Tamil Cinema through Mounaragam. The rain song and all the scenes featuring Revathi and Karthik were masterfully captured.

Mounaragam gave us the Mani Ratnam that we know now. Even 32 years after its release, this gem of a movie is still way ahead of its time. If you haven’t seen this till now, just google the number of films inspired from Mounaragam (which includes the latest Manmarziyaan) and make this your next watch. You won’t regret it. That’s for sure!!!

AKASH

NB: All images are taken from the Internet.

Meghamalhar – a Poetic Trance

Meghamalhar/ മേഘമൽഹാർ (2001)
Director: Kamal
Story: Dr.Iqbal Kuttippuram
Screenplay: Kamal
Cast: Biju Menon, Samyuktha Varma
Music: Ramesh Narayan
Lyrics: ONV Kurup
Cinematography: Venugopal

Watching this 2001 work inspired from David Lean’s Brief Encounter(1945), is one of the most poetic experiences any Malayali can ever have. Kamal’s best ever poetry gives you the feeling of reading a well written feel good novel.

The film is the story of Rajeevan, an advocate and Nandita Menon, a writer. Rajeevan is married to Rekha, a bank employee, and has two kids. Nandita is married to Mukundan, a businessman in the Gulf, and has a daughter. Both meet each other accidentally and in due course their relationship becomes intimate. Their tastes and thinking are almost alike. But they part ways knowing full well that they have spouses and children waiting for them.

The tale of Rajeevan and Nandita is one of lost friendship and love. Meghamalhar gives us the message that even if two loving souls get parted once, if you’re destined to meet again, you will and that will be the best of all feelings. There’s nothing extraordinary in this story, still it imprints in you a feel that most of the other similar themed movies can never match.

Kamal is one director whom I’ve always loved,mainly for his selection of themes and his way of storytelling. And in Meghamalhar, he is at his poetic best. Throughout the whole film, the viewers are able to connect with the dialogues and the flow of the movie like a soothing river. And it was no surprise that he walked away with the State award for best screenplay that year.

The real life couples Biju Menon and Samyuktha Varma were able to impress us with their mutual love for ghazals, poetry and in the end when they depart forever, we are bound to be teary eyed and nostalgic (recently in 96, Ram and Jaanu also gave a similar feel).

Iqbal Kuttippuram’s story was well paced and I’ve always felt that he is one writer who hasn’t got much attention from cinephiles despite penning down commercial and critical successes like Arabikatha, Diamond Necklace, Niram, Gramophone etc.

One major factor that made that Meghamalhar a timeless classic is obviously it’s songs. It is one of the best musically rich films we’ve ever had. Ramesh Narayan’s background music filled with Hindustani ragas and the two songs were pitch-perfect in every sense for the story being presented. And maestro ONV Kurup sir’s lyrics were the best icing on the cake Meghamalhar could’ve asked for. Listening to the song ‘Oru Narupushpamayi’ in the voice of Dasettan can be one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. Did we ever have such a blissful combination of beautiful lyrics,voice and music? My bets against that question will always be zero.

“ഒരു നറുപുഷ്പമായ് എൻ നേർക്കു നീളുന്ന
മിഴിമുനയാരുടേതാവാം
ഒരു മഞ്ജുഹർഷമായ് എന്നിൽ തുളുമ്പുന്ന
നിനവുകളാരെയോർത്താവാം
അറിയില്ലെനിക്കറിയില്ല
പറയുന്നു സന്ധ്യതൻ മൗനം മൗനം”
Just magical💙

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A fable goes like this, ‘Tanzen, the musician of Akbar’s court, once sang a song in the raaga Meghamalhar and brought down rain from the heavens to earth’. Watching Kamal’s Meghamalhar can give you such a feeling of a soothing rain pouring inside you, making you damn nostalgic. Don’t miss out this gem if you haven’t seen it so far.

AKASH

NB: All images are taken from the internet

Ottaal- a Timeless Touching Souvenir

Ottaal/ഒറ്റാൽ (2015)
Director: Jayaraj
Screenplay: Joshy Mangalath
Cast: Ashanth K Sha, Kumarakom Vasudevan, Shine Tom Chacko, Sabitha Jayaraj
Music: Kavalam Narayana Panicker, Sreevalsan J Menon
Cinematography: MJ Radhakrishnan

Watching this work of art doesn’t make you feel that you’re seeing a movie filmed on a camera. A near perfect and simplistic portrayal of a problem that had been here since time immemorial. Based on Anton Chekhov’s timeless ‘Vanka’, the film tells the story of a young boy and his relationship with his grandfather, his only living relative in the world. With a powerful and haunting ending, everything about Ottaal is soul stirring. While watching this, you’re bound to be teary eyed every now and then and once the end credits roll, you literally won’t be able to stop crying, thinking about the countless number of children suffering from the traumas of child labour and who are the victims of circumstances they were born into. The bonding between Kuttapai and his Valyappachayi, the friendship between Tinku and Kuttapai, the helplessness of Valyappachayi while sending Kuttapai to the real cruel world and beautiful bonding between the nature and humans are all well portrayed in a subtle manner that no one can think of bettering such a making.

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Kuttapai and Valyappachayi

If you take the last twenty five years of Malayalam cinema and ask who had been the most versatile director in this period, there is only one answer and that is Jayaraj. Ranging from commercial entertainers like Johnny Walker, 4 the people & Thilakkam to artistic ventures like Kaliyattam,Deshadanam & Loudspeaker, and also his series of Navarasam films, Jayaraj is someone who puts in a lot of passion into his films. And in Ottaal he is at his passionate best. Duly crediting his inspiration from Vanka( something which a few filmmakers are reluctant to do these days), he has adapted Vanka onto the locales of Kuttanad without compromising on any areas. The emotions on action, the casting, the solo song from Kavalam Narayana Panicker are all perfectly fit into Ottaal and this is by far the best example of Jayaraj’s craft as a director( really proud that he is a CETIAN 💓). He once again shows that one doesn’t need a grand canvas or popular actors to make a good film, as long as your heart is in the right place.

One thing that excited me about Ottaal is that apart from Shine Tom Chacko no other actors had any prior acting experience. But a few minutes into the film, you are hardly bothered about the absence of major stars. Kumarakom Vasudevan and Ashanti K Shah were so natural that the images of Kuttapai and his helpless Valyappachayi will be imprinted on the minds of the viewers forever. Joshy Mangalath’s screenplay was simple at heart and powerful enough to make you weep. It is no wonder that he went on to win the National Award for best adapted screenplay. MJ Radhakrishnan through his camera made the scenic Kuttanad a visual treat in a manner that Malayalam cinema has never seen before. His cinematography was so neatly in sync with the nature, a very major element in the story.

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Ottaal explains a universal problem in a simplistic, powerful and haunting manner. In just 80 minutes and with a budget of just 80 lakhs, Jayaraj gave us one of the most surreal films ever made in Indian cinema and it is no surprise that Ottaal swept off every award festival it went into, which also included a Suvarna Chakoram at IFFK, a first for a Malayalam film. I am someone who is always against the idea of rating films with numbers, but if asked about Ottaal, it is one that I would give a perfect 10/10 on an day. Do watch if you haven’t seen this marvel so far.

AKASH

NB: All images are taken from the internet.

Three Colours Trilogy

Three Colors trilogy (1993-1994)
Directed: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Language: French, Polish
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent(Blue)
Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Janusz Gajos(White)
Irene Jacob, Jean Louis Trintignant, Jean Pierre Lorit (Red)
Music: Zbigniew Preisner
Cinematography: Slawomir Idziak, Edward Klosinski, Piotr Sobocinski

Before trilogy by Richard Linklater was my all time favourite trilogy…but only until I saw the Three Colours trilogy by influential Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski, which was also his last work before his demise. And what a beautiful piece of self tribute it was 💓. The three themes in harmony with the French ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity…The colour palettes of Blue, White and Red floating throughout in the three films…Three excellent plots converging at the very end in Red…there are many such reasons for the whole trilogy to be a perfect cinematic marvel and an ode to human emotions and also to Europe. This trilogy has a fine blend of natural actors, out of the world cinematography emphasizing on the colour tones of blue, white and red, a very haunting soundtrack and a very neat script and making from Kieślowski.

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The subject of the film is liberty, not just political or social liberty but deep emotional liberty. The film is about a woman who decides to live in isolation , cut free from all familial bonds and human connections after the death of her husband and daughter. Juliette Binoche as Julie the loner will haunt you in shades of blue for sure. And among all the three in the trilogy this is my favourite one due to a near perfect Juliette Binoche💙.

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Three Colors: White
The subject of White is Equality in a wider sense with a touch of white. A shy man after being humiliated and left by his wife , loses all his money ,property and friends, with the help of a beggar in the street he attempts to regain equality of his life through revenge. The final scene of the film where Karol stares at Dominique, crying and realising that he has to let go of her will break the hearts of all viewers.

Three Colors: Red
Final entry in the trilogy of films . Red is about fraternity . A model discovers that her neighbour is keen on invading peoples privacy by tapping their phone calls .Slowly an unknown bond started developing between them , who appears to have little in common. The tale of various interconnecting lives converging gradually is a fine example of brilliant writing. The red color palettes following Irene Jacob throughout the film are a treat to the eyes. Story wise, Red is the best in the trilogy. And many other films including the critically acclaimed Hindi flick Maasan seem to be heavily influenced from Red.

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Three Colours is something any cinephiles can’t ignore at all. This is a must watch attempt on human conflicts and relationships. Truly one for the ages 💓

AKASH

NB: All images are taken from the internet.

HER- a poetry on Cinematic canvas

HER (2013)
Director: Spike Jonze
Genre: Romantic Science fiction drama
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlet Johansson
Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema

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HER is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and my all-time favourite screenplay. The one liner of ‘an introvert writer falling in love with an artificial operating system will not interest many in the first place (happened with me), but once you watch the flick you’re bound to be mesmerized and will think about the deep inner emotional prospects of our life. A very unusual science fiction drama that has a universal theme and is relevant anywhere on the planet. Spike Jonze in his articulately crafted script saying that love is something we can fall with anything and there lies the beauty of love. Falling in love with an AI is justified in today’s world where people don’t care about each other. It is through Samantha’s voice that Theodore finds his inner self and Samantha is actually a reflection of Theodore himself. Love, relationship, heartbreak and other very basic emotions of daily life are portrayed beautifully in HER. The whole concept, the dialogues, the emotions discussed in the film are thought provoking and at the same time forces the viewer to think about his very own life. HER is a work which is very different and touching in the way it’s been portrayed on the screen.

Spike Jonze who wrote the script himself has given us a gem of a movie. HEr is definitely one of the best screenplays of all time and will always be my most favourite 21st century screenplay. The fact that Spike Jonze won the Academy award, Golden Globe and many other awards for his script underlines this fact. And HER has touched me so deeply that I never had the courage to see any of his other works just because of the fear that it will change my perception of his writing which HER has stamped on my heart.

HER was all about Theodore exploring himself throughout the movie and Joaquin Phoenix was just perfect in his portrayal. The raw emotions and heartbreaks that Theodore undergoes have been portrayed with at most originality. HER should definitely be one of the great works in his career if not the best. HER definitely highlights the fact that Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most talented actors right now. This man is damn criminally underrated and I believe and really want his upcoming Joker flick to finally bring a whole lot of recognition to this gem of an actor.

The rest of the cast of HER also deserves a mention. Amy Adams and Rooney Mara were both brilliant and adorable. But after Spike Jonze and Joaquin, HER belongs to that beautiful voice of Scarlett Johansson. Samantha was not just a normal operating system talking to Theodore. Scarlett’s Samantha was loving, caring, listening and seductive throughout. She was able to create a great impact with her voice that sometimes her acting may not have created.

HER also has some very beautiful and exquisite frames from Hoyte van Hoytema who gave us some visual masterpieces like Dunkirk and Interstellar. He was able to capture the loneliness of Theodore and his relationship with Samantha with all its beautiful rawness. HER also has some beautiful dialogues that forces us to think about our own life. When Amy says to Theodore that ‘Love is a socially accepted form of insanity’ and when Theodore confesses to Catherine that there will always be a part of her in him, the whole lot of people watching the film are touched with a flame that touch their hearts.

HER is one of the very few films that I have had in my phone ever since I first saw this poetry. Spike Jonze and Joaquin Phoenix has given us a cinematic marvel, one that should spark anyone on this earth. Hell lot of thanks to you two for that.

Akash

NB: All images taken from the internet

 

The Resonance of Echoes

It has been quite sometime since I wrote anything and the reason for that was obviously my indolence and dearth of topics. I was intending to write about the movies I watched during this period or about India’s tour in South Africa or about the year 2017, but something pulled me back from penning those down. To my relief, one thing caught my attention in the last few days and now I would like to talk about that.

About two weeks back, I came to know that my classmate and friend Devadas is going to release his novel named ‘Echoes’. I was further awed by the fact that Echoes will be his second work, after ‘The Despised Souls’, his first novel which he had published in 2013 while studying in class XI. I have always admired writers and been an occasional bibliophile since the time I started reading. And coming to know the fact that someone so close to me was going to publish his work excited me.

Echoes was released by noted bureaucrat and lyricist Sri K. Jayakumar on 27th January. Renowned writer Prof G.N. Panikkar and Sri K.Kunhikrishnan were also present. I also went for the release with few friends and grabbed one of the first copies of the book. We were really happy for Devadas about whom the dignitaries spoke highly. I was thrilled and was waiting to start the book.

Novel has always been a format that attracted masses. The ability of the writer in conveying his messages to the world through his characters is always catchy and this is the very reason why novel is the most popular form among all literary works. From time immemorial,  novelists have taken readers to places where they never have been and have made them the kin of their characters. Their style, characterization, language and imagination have always inspired their readers and have in fact turned many such readers into writers. 

Coming to Echoes,this was his second novel as I mentioned earlier. The Despised Souls was published when he was studying in class XI. Loosely inspired from ‘A tale of two cities’ by Charles Dickens, it was a novel set in the backdrop of French revolution. Echoes also follows the same pattern and is set in Nuremberg and Moscow at the time of World War II. Realising the fact that someone from Kerala is saying tales of people living in Germany and Russia at the time of World War II is quite mind blowing. He has never been to those places and the timeline in which the novel is set is something we know only from stories and other historical facts and fiction. 

Echoes is a tale of few people mixed with love, friendship,revenge and redemption in the backdrop of WWII. As said in the novel, in the 1940s the world was a place where even the gods wouldn’t dare to visit. Such was the turmoil of the war, which resulted from the quest of one man to relieve his motherland of its past humiliation. The novel starts with the description of Adolf Hitler, then a young man who badly wanted his country Germany to win the World War I. Sadly that didn’t happen and he strongly aspired to relieve his country of that humiliation. He rose through many struggles and was even jailed once for a coup. Through this the writer conveys that Hitler was not a superhuman and was an ordinary man for whom the laws of physics and axioms were not applicable. After many years of hard work, Hitler becomes the Chancellor and Fuhrer of Germany and begins his quest for revenge. 

Then we are taken to the city of Nuremberg in Germany in 1944. The characters of the novel are revealed in the most simplest of manners. The main characters are Adam, Adele, Alice, Mr. Martin, Mr. Schulz, Anton, Mr. Stein, Natalya, Nastasya and Alexei. Adam and Adele are children of Mr. Martin. Adam was in love with Alice, a friend of Adele. Their marriage looks set to happen, but a secret past of their father forces Adam to deny the marriage. To avenge this Alice marries Anton in a hurry and moves to Moscow. Sometime later Alice returns to Nuremberg and seeks help from Adele to help her husband who was in some sort of danger. Anton haven’t been too nice with Alice and spent more time with other women. Adele and Adam decides to help Alice and moves to Moscow. The later part of the story is set in Moscow where Natalya, an acquaintance of Alice, helps her. Natalya along with her cousins helps Alice, Adele and Adam to trace Anton. Anton was under the house arrest of Nastasya, a woman who had the habit of punishing men who were not loyal to their wives. In the meanwhile Adele develops an emotional attachment with Alexei, a cousin of Natalya. All of them strive to rescue Anton from Nastasya and in a dramatic turn of events, many secrets are revealed which includes the secret which was used to blackmail Mr. Martin in not allowing Adam to marry Alice and also the relation between Mr. Martin and Nastasya. In the backdrop, the war is shown to end with the suicide of Hitler and his wife and the surrender of Germany to the Allied powers. After a few months, Mr. Martin, Adam, Alice and Nastasya moves back to Nuremberg. And after sometime Natalya and her cousins move to Nuremberg to stay near the others. The novel ends in a happy note with Adele excited to begin a new tale in life with Alexei.

I finished the book in about seven hours and that tells volumes about the craft of the writer, being the awfully slow reader that I am. The presentation of the whole plot has a unique charm and that reflects in the characterization,language and setting of the novel. The way in which the emotional attachment between the characters are portrayed is one thing that gathered my attention. Whatever are those emotions, be it love, friendship or revenge, it is presented in a unique manner that the reader is forced to feel through the characters. The blossoming love between Adele and Alexei is shown not through words, but through the small actions in between the scenes, which tells us that one day, Adele and Alexei will fall for each other. Also the unlucky love story of Adam and Alice and the way in which they behave to each other in the second half is said in a convincing manner.

Friendship between the characters is another thing that has too be appreciated. The fact that Alice seeks the help of Adele even after a sad past has to be noted. The bond between Mr.Martin and Mr. Schulz, Alice and Natalya are also praiseworthy. Revenge also has an important role throughout the story. Mr. Stein avenging the death of his sister against Mr. Martin through his son is one thing that can happen in any household. Mr. Martin taking revenge against all men who are not loyal to their wives is also a case of revenge. We can also interpret that as a sign of redemption of Mr. Martin, who was the reason behind the death of Evelyn, though not purposefully. He wants to rectify that mistake he did long back through Natasya and Anton becoming a victim of that is one of the best aspects in the story.

The turmoils of World War II on people and the brief bio of Hitler are described aptly and this tells us about the reading and research the writer has done in setting the narrative. There are some beautiful dialogues that stays within the reader, few being, “I will relieve this country of its humiliation” by Hitler, “Happiness is fake,just a mask so that no one would know the burning soul inside” by Alice to Mr.Schulz and the thoughts of Adam that “Alice seemed to him like an angel who was sent down to Earth for his happiness alone”. The line that “Power makes men do things; it may be good or ghastly”, resonates throughout the novel. The fact that the whole plot is divided into 36 chapters of three to five pages will surely increase the readability of the novel in the future. The title Echoes is symbolic of the results that WW2 had on the world as well as the characters. At first, the amplitude of echoes is high and later it subsides to beautiful silence as the ending of the novel implies.

It is really a laudable effort from Devadas in presenting Echoes in a very interesting and convincing manner. To write two complete novels at 20 years of age is no mean achievement. It really needs a huge amount of hard work to present a story that is set in the 20th century and in a place too far away. K. Jayakumar Sir while releasing the book, said in a light way that, what is the reason for setting the novel in Europe that too in the 20th century, when you have lots of tales in Kerala to be written about. But as always, it is the writer who has to decide what he wants to write and fittingly, Devadas has presented his unconventional story in the best possible manner. 

Here is an interview of Devadas talking about Echoes and his inspirations and dreams.

 

So folks, here is a writer who deserves to be read. I am concluding by quoting the last line of the novel, “And thus there began a new tale which would be written, read and appreciated by time; which will always have something new and reasonable for all.“. Let these words resonate as Echoes throughout your life buddy.

AKASH