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Kodak Moment

Is Oscar glory for Abu a gossamer dream?

Kodak Moment
Sivaram V.
Kodak Moment
outlookindia.com
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The story of 39-year-old filmmaker Salim Ahamed and his debut feature film Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam), India’s official entry to next year’s Oscars, has many parallels. The studied pace of the film, almost geriatric in its movements punctuated by deep sighs and silences, captures the travails of a septuagenarian couple Abu and Aishuamma (essayed by Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab) attempting to fulfil a life-long dream to go on Haj to Mecca. Abu, who sells unrefined attar and religious books to a deodorised world, tightens his dhoti, skips meals and quenches his hunger with water from a roadside well. He believes that Allah will never accept a hajji who makes the hallowed pilgrimage on borrowed money and thus he refuses his neighbour’s offer of financial help. Now, Salim Ahamed needs about Rs 2 crore to take his film to Los Angeles...

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