The Other Face of Kerala We Hate to Accept – See These Videos
I accidently came across these videos in YouTube about Kerala. It seems like a documentary and I am not sure if it was made to be telecasted in any channel. The five videos titled “Story Tellers” talks about the hardships/difficulties faced by common man from different walks of lives in Kerala. In the words of the creator of this video, this video is all about “THROUGH FIVE CITIZENS OF KERALA, THE GRIPPING STORY OF OUR STATE IS TOLD”. This video researched and directed by Aravind and photographed by Vipinchandran shows the other side of “Gods Own Country” we hate to accept.
The first part of the video talks about the slum Pallikada in Kollam, 75 kms from
. It tells the story of “Thankamma” and “Mary” who have nothing but a one room house in the most unhygienic conditions. We hear of hundreds of programs to eradicate slums and poverty but nothing has changed the life of “Thankamma” and “Mary”. Trivandrum
The second part talks about the fate of farmers in Kerala – a species facing extinction. This video talks about a farmer Kurien, who owns 1 acre of land and his hardships. Here is a representative of a dying art of Kerala sharing his painful experiences. This video brings out with facts one thing we know now – there is no future for agriculture in Kerala unless something dramatic happens.
The movie “Varavelppu” is a classic movie by Satyan Anthikad. Whoever plans to invest in Kerala should be seeing this movie first. Even the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee mentioned about this movie in one of his speeches about Kerala. In this movie the lead character Murali (enacted to perfection by Mohanlal) comes back from “Gulf” (
Middle East) with his hard earned money and buys a bus. The hardship he has to face to keep the bus running with approval from different government agencies and unions is the essence of the movie. At the end he loses everything and goes back to “Gulf”. If that was a movie here is a real life version of it in this video – Basheer has similar story to tell. Basheer was in for six years, came back and brought a bus like Mohanlal in Varavelppu. Now he doesn’t own that bus anymore nor does he own any land or house, thanks to red tapism in different government departments and cheatings. He had to sell everything and he is back as a bus driver. Reel life and real life meeting each other. Saudi Arabia
The fourth video is about the sad state of industries in Kerala. The perfect example Director Aravind took to depict the sorry state of affairs is the “Hotel Fort Manor” and how the government polices led to his closure in 1997. The government was proactive in closing this 200 room hotel but never took any initiative to open this back. Result – a hotel worth crores of rupees now has new guests – crows, bats and other birds. Another perfect example of how easy it is to destroy and how tough to construct.
The fifth video talks about tourism industry and how various government departments neglect the tourism industry. Even though the tourism industry brings in a lot of money, this video shows the life of hundreds of people involved in the tourism industry that get a raw deal.
KUDOS TO ARAVIND AND HIS TEAM FOR THEIR BOLDNESS IN BRINGING OUT SUCH AMAZING VIDOES.