Arabikkatha- An ode to Kerala's Communists  

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The computerised communist

Today, I watched the Malayalam movie 'Arabikkatha'[Arabian Story] directed by the ace director Lal Jose and starring Sreenivasan, an actor whose roles most Malayalis can identify with. This movie is the story of 'Cuba Mukundan', a hardcore communist loyalist who thinks the party is the last word in everything. He's even prepared to punish his own father if he goes against communist ideals. He got his nickname because of his blind love for the communist cuba and china. He thinks that these are the ideal states where there's no unemployment and no inequality is prevailing. The only thing he knows is to strike and fight against the wrongdoings of the capitalist businessmen. But the film reveals how at present the party is being governed by people who are ready to forget their ideals for money. It also shows how the real communist always spends his whole life toiling for his party but never gets into the upper echelons of power.

Mukundan is forced to go to work in Dubai to pay back a big debt his father had brought upon before his death. There he discovers certain bitter truths and some harsh realities. He finds out that the same things he once fighted against are the ones preventing his progress now. The one I most liked is the scene where he remembers about his strike against computerisation back home and here he's unable to do anything without computer literacy. This was a clever jab at the leftists who about 10 years back opposed with tooth and nails computerisation of offices. Then there was this scene of him being asked to sell coca cola and then him remembering his fights against the cola company back home. He realises the hardships men who go to work in the Arab countries has to face. Compared to that, the labour problems in our own state is nothing. Still, the same men who went on strike for petty reasons in their homeland never utters a word at the really pathetic work conditions they are subjected to.

This film is a wakeup call to Kerala's communists- both young and old. The youth organisations who jump out for misadventures hearing the leader's words should realise that believing them blindly would only lead to their own downfall. No leader here lives by the ideals once Marx spoke or wrote about. Leaders like Pinarayi are a shame to the whole idea of communism. His tirade against the malayalam daily 'Mathrubhoomi' is now quite famous here. He and his comrades even isued death threats to the editor of the daily. And y...Just because they reported the shameful truth that the party newspaper accepted bribes from some big bussinessmen. He also tries with all his might to somehow defame one of the remaining real communists in the party, V.S.Achudananthan. Pinarayi's close associates Kodiyeri, Jayarajan etc are known goondas. Its no secret that kodiyer's son is also a main goonda in the capital. Such is the legacy that the present communist crop gonna leave for future generations to follow that the future looks rather bleak. The student organisations also dont give much hope what with some old men past their college days being its leaders and the organisations itself carrying some outdated ideals. Hope the young leaders understand the real meaning of communism and adapt it to the ways of the modern world. LALSALAAM...

PS- Watchout for a really wonderful piece of direction towards the end of the opening titles. Some comrades get shot by the police and there is a pool of blood. All this is shown in black and white. Then Nedumudi venu gets a piece of white cloth lying on the ground and puts it in the pool of blood to get a red flag...and also checkout the poem accompanying this...

with a really red salute,
your crusader Praveen

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5 comments

Anonymous  

a superbly written and crafted film and justice done to it with a great review!

2:36 AM

Arabikkatha is aA turning point in Kerla Cinema. What I found particularly gratifying was the way the cinema ended, with a discussion about the notion of a political- god - that goes against all rational, scientific thought and reasoning. Winston says….. but science does not explain everything, and to pretend that it does, seems to me arrogant. That is enough is endear him to all readers, if nothing else a serious scholar of science, psychology or any related subject, or you merely like reading about human nature, this is a must-see. The time when all childhood and teenage dreams have come to an end. When you disturbingly start seeing things from your parents’ point of view. When you realize that job satisfaction does not arise from where you work or how much you earn. When you even start attending what a high that was, though we didn’t follow much of it…. Liberalization and opening up of the economy in all ways possible……
Fully exploiting the ignorance and superstitious belief of people, witch hunting is initiated by the opinion leaders in such societies – typically the social man (quack), or the head.

7:28 PM

samathvamennoru aasayam marikkukilla bhoomiyil ...
nammakku swapnam onnu thanne annum innim ennumee ...

Jabs, the scene you pointed out had people applauding like roars. It really stood out.

It's a good movie.

9:58 PM

Communists=Liars+Loosers+Hypocrates
1. Communists didn't took active part in india's Independence struggle against British rule

2. Declaring India's independence on 15 Aug, 1947 as fake and incomplete

3. Their failure to condemn the Chinese aggression of 1962, this is a shame to Indian soldiers' sacrifice

4. Disturbing the economy of Bengal, calling unneccasry Bandh again and again

5. Their failure to stop price rise even while a part of alliance in the ruling party

6. Hypocritical behaviour, on one hand they ask foreign investment in Bengal state on other hand they go on dharna if central govt. asks for FDI

Can anyone justfy above points?

5:50 PM

Communists=Liars+Loosers+Hypocrates
1. Communists didn't took active part in india's Independence struggle against British rule

2. Declaring India's independence on 15 Aug, 1947 as fake and incomplete

3. Their failure to condemn the Chinese aggression of 1962, this is a shame to Indian soldiers' sacrifice

4. Disturbing the economy of Bengal, calling unneccasry Bandh again and again

5. Their failure to stop price rise even while a part of alliance in the ruling party

6. Hypocritical behaviour, on one hand they ask foreign investment in Bengal state on other hand they go on dharna if central govt. asks for FDI

Can anyone justfy above points?

5:50 PM

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