I know we have not posted anything in a while and The Minireads has remained a rather empty place for months. Things had been quite busy off-late owing to my work and other commitments. I also joined a yoga class and learned an ocean of wisdom related to health and well-being. I will be sharing more insights from the Yoga class soon as I get back into my writing mode. I have not been actively reading too.
What about you? How have your last two months been? How is your quarantine going?
In the past few days, I have tried exploring movies across the country. I have made a promise to watch a movie from every state in the coming days and the first movie I was recently released Malgudi days. I felt like this could be a good starting point since this book is about writing and books. I was so right! The leading characters are Laxminarayan Malgudi, the screen adaption of R K Narayan and Prakruthi, a young and carefree woman who meet by accident on the road.
The story is sweet and nostalgic giving you beautiful moments to cherish and savor them for a while. It has been shot in the Malnad region of Karnataka and Kerala which are full of lush green forests. This is partially a road-trip covered by two people who are two generations apart. Even though the age gap, they bond over their stories of love and friendship. It has tried to blend stories from different eras, almost 50 years apart in such a surreal way that I was amazed to see.
The storyline was so natural and so were the actors who made this plot even more convincing. This movie is about cherishing little joys of life like your childhood friends, your first crush, your mischiefs in college and being close to nature. It helps you to think of your roots and gives you an urge to relive your childhood and youth and those beautiful days.
There are some particular scenes in the movie which are deeply moving and will make you smile ear to ear. One such incident is when LaxmiNarayan Malgudi goes back to his school and is felicitated by his teacher, his inspiration for writing, Saraswati Mam. It will make you think of teachers who had a large contribution in making what you are today. I am having an urge to read more works of R K Narayan as I have only read his Malgudi days.
I will not write further and spoil the movie for you. Please watch it and let me know your reviews.
Next movie: Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya (Telugu)