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Emotional journey into the realm of art



Art meets art: Sisir Sahana and Smitha Madhav in the bilingual film ‘Prithvi’

Film: Prithvi

Cast: Sisir Sahana, Smitha Madhav

Direction: Sisir Sahana

Prithvi is a 78-minute Bengali-Telugu feature film that encapsulates the life of an artiste, his journey is a creative psychic process and his creation of images is in the nature of a struggle and here you get to see that a work of art is not to create a beautiful object but to satisfy the artiste’s inner urge, to release his tension. If we see him displaying his work in the art galleries, it is incidental but here in Prithvi, Sisir Sahana in a semi-autobiographical and realistic account helps you understand his images but at times, even makes the audience experience the frustration.

There is display of the indomitable spirit of a budding artist, who as a school boy from a farmer’s family in Bengal grows up drawing lines but eventually finds support and studies art at Santiniketan. He spurns love to pursue his goal and does become an established artist and what you see from here on is the turmoil he goes through in the modern urban life in Hyderabad. The latter part appears like a film on male abuse with the artist’s wife constantly nagging, bickering and tying him down to the daily chores of a family. At one point, you don’t fail to notice the soft corner he has for his youngest child who is seen indulging in artistic pursuit and the indifference he has for his oldest daughter. One feels that the artist spends more time on expressing his pent-up emotions, awakening of romance after a brief encounter with a young dancer (Smitha Madhav) and then his helplessness which finds expression only on the canvas, the only crutch being his young daughter. One need not stretch one’s imagination too wide to understand the film, it’s vivid, it’s contemporary and simple. The only hitch is - you don’t get trapped by his paintings, you are trapped by Sisir’s emotional universe.

Y.SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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