//An ode to a river

An ode to a river

Mizhiyadayum mumbae,’ a documentary on the legendary river, Iruvanchipuzha, at Mukkom near Kozhikode, stems from the concern of a group of teachers to sustain the river and prevent its degradation. The film is an ode to the river, which has been witness to many events in the region, and is ready for screening next month.

The documentary is a sincere effort by the teachers, under the aegis of the Iruvanchi Samrakshana Samiti, to create awareness on the need to save the Iruvanchi river, and other rivers too for that matter, and in turn to ensure the survival of humankind. Without rivers there would be no survival for humans_ the message comes clear and simple.

The documentary on the river, which has a central place in S.K.Pottekkat’s `Nadan Premam,’ has a portrayal of Malu, the prime character in the novel, too.

B.P. Moideen, who was drowned in the river while trying to save his fellow travellers in the boat, Salam Karassery, film maker, church festivals in the settler farmer areas near Mukkom, Kalloor temple known for the puja for communal amity, the panoramic beauty of Vellarimala nearby are also taken note of in the film. Rajeev Kouthukam, who has directed a number of films and television serials, is the director of the documentary.

The film documents the life on the river’s banks and the jetty, from where scores of boats once plied, but now present a forlorn scenario.

The central character is the boatman who struggles to eke out a living, having cast his lot with the river and his boat. Noted serial and drama actor, R.Gopinath emotes the role of the boatman to perfection.

The 26-minute documentary records the strong bonds to the river of Mukkom Bhasi, Suhana Baputty, Salam Nadukandi, K.Ramachandran Master, and

Mukkom grama panchayat president A.Kalyanikutty. The others who appear in the documentary are actor Mamu Koya, M.N.Karassery, writer and Tamarassery Deputy Superintendent of Police, Adam Yusuf, with their views.The story and script is from A.V. Sudhakaran, and production is by O.C. Mohammed.

Through the eyes of Jinu who comes to the river site to study its degradation, the documentary conveys the message of alarm. That such degradation could be disastrous if not stalled, and would sound doom for the future generation.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/27/stories/2006012701360200.htm