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One Movie, Many Shades of Women!

Director Anjali Menon is known for her characterisations and nostalgia-packed storylines that give us moments any Malayali can relate to. Her biggest commercial success Bangalore Days is known for the sweetest thing of “cousin-ism” and for the glimpses of Bangalore life that it portrayed. Here is a different attempt to slice and dice the movie.

Director Anjali Menon is known for her characterisations and nostalgia-packed storylines that give us moments any Malayali can relate to. Her biggest commercial success Bangalore Days is known for the sweetest thing of “cousin-ism” and for the glimpses of Bangalore life that it portrayed. Here is a different attempt to slice and dice the movie. Amongst many of her movies, this one takes the shades of women to a totally different level. The beauty is that we see most of these women around us!

In spite of being educated and enjoying the freedom to be what you are, there are a lot of young women who still consider marriage as a major milestone in their life. I’ve always felt why did Divya (played by Nazriya) say yes to a very early marriage to someone who is quite older to her, despite her desires to continue education and be independent. Call it parental pressure, or the act of being politically correct! I’ve seen people waiting for things to go wrong in their life, and then take a plunge to discover themselves and set things right. There is a very intimate scene where Divya discovers the big tattoo on her husband’s body that leaves you wondering why didn’t she see it earlier? The answer is Divya is a typical girl many of us are familiar with. They get educated and married as per their parents’ wish, try to be ‘ideal partners’ suppressing their feelings, just to save the marriage. The only thing that she can’t forgive is another woman in her husband’s life.

The other extreme is Serah – a paraplegic Radio Jockey, who is determined, positive, inspiring, charming and vocal. As we all know this is a real-life-inspired character. You may get to see them around, but less in number. You don’t know much about her past, but Serah has a strong mother, too (played by Rekha). At one point, Serah struggles to choose between her lover and her mother. Serah is always in her true self, probably because of a lot of confidence given to her by her mother in the past.

The mothers of Serah and Divya are pretty much the same, over-protective about their girls and too blunt at times! There is a scene where Divya’s mother investigates and finds out the reason for her daughter’s sadness. She soon gets into a fight with Das’ (played by Fahad) parents and gives the final verdict – let us go for a divorce! In comparison with Serah’s mother, what she probably lacks is exposure. In very few scenes Praveena does this character quite convincingly. In the family, we can observe a subtle edge that this character has over her sister-in-law (played by Kalpana). This edge is due to the difference in their financial backgrounds.

The real slice of a typical Malayali homemaker is the mother of Kuttan (played by Nivin). What a treat to watch Kalpana in this role. Enduring a boring married life with a typical orthodox husband, she remains stuck at one place for long doing all the chores and bringing up children. Had Divya not discovered herself, she would have been a replica of this aunt of hers! It is amusing to see how Kuttan’s mother changes and adapts easily to the new environment when her husband leaves her for good! She sees it as an opportunity and pursues all her dreams. There are these mothers amongst us, who set off on a trip almost the same time their kids start their honeymoon. For them, the second life starts once they are done with their ‘responsibility’ (read marrying off their children or taking care of their husbands).

The list of women in Bangalore Days doesn’t end here. There are also two urban women who are poles apart. One is Meenakshi, who ditches her lover Kuttan. This has probably to do with her cosmopolitan lifestyle. Meenakshi (the cabin crew, played by Isha Talwar) is confused about her relationships. She shuttles between her ex and Kuttan, unable to decide whom to stick with! She fully influences a village guy and transforms him into a flamboyant person, and in the end, dumps him. Haven’t we come across such ever-confused lovers?

Then there is Natasha (played by Nithya Menon), a very short-lived character that touches us very much. A girl who is capable of loving her man to the bits, lives like there is no tomorrow and listens to none. She had no regrets about her life and probably called it a day while she was enjoying her life at its best!

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