|(A poster of the film)|
There was a phase in my life as a moviebuff when I was a diehard fan of extremely graphic and violent foreign language films(Cat III Films according to the Hongkong Motion Picture Rating system).Most of these films(Entrails of a Virgin,Entrails of a Beautiful Woman,Daughter of darkness to name a few), had similar themes of either a hapless woman,a victim of sexual violence taking revenge on her rapists or that of an antagonist (usually a male acting alone),attacking one or more victims.The mixture of Sex and Violence(in films) is an age old formula(a highly successful one in mid eighties and early nineties)and it has even given birth to sub genres in films like Rape and revenge films/Pink,Slasher/Exploitation films.Owing to their 'shock value' and the extremely graphic content some of the movies from the genre have even attained a cult following(I Spit on Your Grave,The Last House on the Left,Cannibal Holocaust).
Having been someone who is into reviewing feature films,I am getting numerous e-mails/tweets/FB suggestions since the last 2 days to review this particular Malayalam Film '22 F,Kottayam' directed by Aashiq Abu.The Movie which apparently has some 'brutal and shocking' climactic sequences has mostly garnered glowing online reviews for the sincerity with which the film has been made! The purpose of this post is to inform my beloved readers(I am thankful to you all for the love and support that you people have given me all these years) that I won't be reviewing 22 F,Kottayam for Rape and Revenge films(I hear 22F,K is one)aren't my cup of tea anymore!I have seen dozens of them already and I honestly don't think repulgnant scenes like that of a woman cutting off the penis of her rapist fascinates or 'shocks' me anymore.A lot has been written about this particular movie by the mainstream media by now.Woman emancipation,portrayal of new age Malayali woman and shit like that.Do these people really expect those unfortunate real life victims of sexual violence to retaliate the filmy way after seeing this supposedly 'socially relevant' film?Or do they believe that the antisocial elements in the society will metamorphose into Good Samaritans overnight?
Do films have that much of an influence in our society?
PS: As far as the blog title is concerned,the answer obviously is a big NO.