Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge a movie by its name. The title, which in English means ‘You Are Mine, Eternally’ (name of a popular ’80s film number), gives one the impression that this is a sequel to a commercial teen flick. It is not.
CTJA2 is a deeply moving film inspired by stories of India’s marginalised masses whose individual dreams and desires, loves and lives, die violent deaths in a society inevitably ruled by the powerful.
Bhola, a bright schoolboy from a poverty-stricken Bengal village, comes home one day to find his father, a bony old man, doubled up in pain and his mother weeping inconsolably. He learns that a local political goon had beaten them up and threatened them with dire consequences if they did not hand over their land for money they owed him for a loan. Bhola abandons studies and leaves for Calcutta in search of work. Ill-treated by his bosses at a spice-manufacturing shop, who conceal from him the news of his parents’ death, he finds work at a roadside fast food joint. Here he falls in love with a girl who works as a domestic help. The glimmer of hope that lights up his life, however, is soon extinguished when he finds himself accused of a heinous crime in which the girl is a victim. The plot resembles a crime thriller. And yet it never once loses touch with the essential theme: the utter, hopeless injustice that mercilessly binds the lives of our country’s downtrodden.
This is about the review of the Bengali film Chirodini Tumi Je Amar 2 (May 12). I have always respected Outlook for its intellectual honesty. So I was disappointed to see that the original in Tamil, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 was not mentioned. Due credit should be given to the original creators.
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