I have never written about Manjadikuru on my blog. Why?
Well frankly I wouldn’t know where to start! The other day I got a call from the production team of “Orikkal Koodi”, a television show on Mazhavil Manorama that asks us to revisit our past and recollect the journey with the viewer. People talk about their school, college, family home, their village…. their roots.
How do I explain to them? That I too had some wonderful memories in Kerala but would not be able to revisit them because most of it has now disappeared from existence. My such memories were built on moments I spent in Kerala during summer holidays from Dubai. Those two months wonderfully coincided with the Kerala monsoon and the best of times were spent in my grandparents homes in Calicut & Mahe. In those times and places, I discovered plenty – about love, life, family and myself.
Today those places have disappeared . Ponds that witnessed our patience and adventure have been filled in and houses built on them. Trees that have showered us with fruit and care have been felled to make way for roads that take us to a deadend. Boundary walls that measure cents and centimetres have divided our space of carefree spirit into many fiefdoms . The world has changed and perhaps I have too. But this is not just my experience… I know now, that this is true for many others too.
Within me I refuse to accept that everything has changed. In my head those times and spaces still exist. That is the world we created for Manjadikuru. And then we filled it with characters that we have all seen & known.
The making of this film has been one helluva journey! But F…I…N…A…L…L…Y the more important journey begins now – when the film will reach its audience. How about joining me on this trip? :-)
Let us ‘nostalgic fools’, look back with longing to when life was simpler and richer. Lets find those little things that may have no price tag but have tremendous value. Do join me on www.facebook.com/manjadikuru