12 September 2016 | anirban-ghatak-662-726696
Grounded road trip and a Gem -- Subtitle based review
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (English: Blue Sky, Green Sea, Red Earth) – Sub title based review "Been sometimes I had done an IMDb reviews, so thought of using my weekends to watch two titles and review. This one is about "English: Blue Sky, Green Sea, Red Earth" – A Malyalam gem of a movie. I have very low exposure to South Indian movie so thought of picking this up with quality English sub titles. This 2013 movie narrates the story of two engineering college friends who do their motor cycle diaries initially to get lost – to forget life – to ignore life. But just to be channelized to a larger quest for their own self, own believes & be the destiny. The film is shot seven Indian states - Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Nagaland and Sikkim – as the lead characters move ahead in their quest over their Royal Enfield. It has to be appreciated that the film has done all the research correct , I could see banners of Hornbill festival while in Nagaland, amazing site locations for Orissa beaches, Vibrant Kolkata – yes the movie captures Momo and Biryani's with Alu . Casting was gem as the film resorted to picking regional actors – while the lead actress was Bala Hijam from Manipur playing a half Naga women; the film also resorted to casting Dhritiman Chaterji – the Bengali iconic actor who has worked with the masters himself like Ray and Mrinal Sen ; being playing the role of a political leader. The film hits at all right cord to keep the travelogue while keeping India in mind. The music is by Rex Vijayan, who is well known in the Indian rock circuit as lead guitarist for band Avial ( Check Nada Nada song – if you like hard metal by Avial) does wonderful for its tracks. I am not sure who did the background scores but it was amazing as well. The scores indeed help you to craft the story yourself through diluted images & journeys. This film differs from other road trip films – maybe even Dil Chata hai – the single reason being – this film is more grounded, more real , has more panorama of life to offer – from college politics, to love, to lust, to discovering manhood to being absolute blank about life. A must watch if you like to see a wonderful movie. We definitely need more films like Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi – to celebrate life & discover India. Kudos to the makes. Neelakasham indeed are our lives".