Thursday, July 05, 2007

Carandiru

I have completed my college education in Madurai. During my college days, I would visit my hometown at weekends. In Madurai, the bus stand is at Aarapaalayam. There is one long road through which I can reach the bus stand. That particular road will be silent...very silent. Even at the centre of the city, that particular road is quiet and you can feel a sense of agony in that road. That is the Jail road.... Just next to the Jail....I have seen several families waiting outside to see the prisoners. I have seen accused being taken into the prison. How will the prison be? My civics book has taught me that Jails are the places which would help the wrong-doers to correct, discipline themselves and help them to come back to the normal life. The Tamil movies have given me a totally different impression, (Except for Mahanadhi) that the Jails are either the places of sadistic police officers or the play houses for our heroes or dormitories for the villains. But, how will the Jail actually be? Will the prisoners feel guilty of their actions? Are the Police sadistic? One film throws the reality at our faces..... just the brutal reality....'Carandiru'....

Based on the true incident, this film depicts the experience of a doctor who attended the patients in the Jail. The Jail which had about 7000 prisoners. Each prisoner explains the reason behind his punishment. A few feel guilty. A few feel proud. A few feel this as the way of life. Some live in the hope of having a better future. Some knew that they do not have any future. The film shows us the prisoners who suffer from AIDS. One of the AIDS patient is ready to stay 20 years more in the Jail because at jail he has got a place to sleep and food to eat. Many prisoners are affected by drugs. When a killer feels really guilty about the murders, the christian missionaries group take him under their wing. There are so many Aravaanis(Hope they have made this an english word) in the Jail. They explain so casually the sexual abuses thay have faced. Also, there is a touching romance between a man and Aravaani and their marriage in the prison.

This picture shows us the life of the prison for about 130 minutes. What has made all these prisoners end up in Jail? What has caused all these sufferings..pain... agony? What has caused the suppression and abuse of Aravaanis? Every viewer would ask these questions, after the movie. I am not going to argue anything regarding these questions. It is all left to the self-analysis. The impact, created by this film, is huge that we do analyze these questions for sure........

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