Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk by Mr. Gautaman Bhaskaran on his book “Adoor Gopalakrishnan - A life in Cinema” followed by the screening of the film directed by Adoor viz., “Four Women” on Sunday, 12th Sept, 2010 at 5:30 pm.
The event started with Bhaskaran reading a few excerpts from his book “Adoor Gopalakrishnan - A life in Cinema”. In the book he traces the ebbs and flows of the life of the enigmatic director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Bhaskaran’s lucid narrative tracked the twists and turns of Gopalakrishnan’s life, finding an uncommon man and a rare auteur. As he explained, Adoor was greatly inspired by the films made by Satyajit Ray; but the films he made himself were typically his own with a distinct stamp and a separate class altogether. His sensitivity, the meticulous attention to details, the loving emphasis on nature- all these make his films of a separate genre altogether.
After Bhaskaran’s brief talk, the film “Four Women” was screened. It was truly a visual treat. The movie chronicles a journey of womanhood across assorted backdrops with a classic amalgamation of source matters and techniques that splendidly spans times and frames. The movie has four distinct parts-The Prostitute, the Virgin, the Housewife and the Spinster. Each part depicts a woman who is fighting the established male dominated order. The scenic and serene backdrop of rural Kerala, complete with all its sights and sounds was the highlight of the film.
The interactive session after the screening was lively and enjoyable. The event was well attended by the members.