Haneyl Jacob : 

Ending the first day at the film festival with all it’s glory, Kanasemba Kudureyaneri was shot on the outskirts of Bijapur in the southern Indian State of Karnataka, and follows the life of a grave-digger, Irya (Vaijanath Biradar), and his wife, Rudri (Umashree). Literally eking a living off the dead, Irya worships, Siddha, the messenger of death who appears in his dream every time  someone in the village dies. Alerted about the death of the old landlord, Gowda (Akki Chennabasappa), Irya begins to prepare the grave. But he is faced with a difficulty when Gowda’s caretaker, Mathadayya (Sadashiv Brahmavar), denies that his master is dead. Irya and Rudri begin to worry about the dreams going wrong, and their lives get even more depressing.


Vaijanath, a popular comedian in the Kannada film industry shows his audience another dimension to his acting persona. Also accompanying him is veteran actress Umashree who plays a sweet yet powerful role as Irya’s wife, Rudri. The film is a brilliant study of “Faith” in rural India and how one’s beliefs change when tempted with troubles. It also depicts how one person’s dreams can paint guilt on another‘s life, which eventually turns out to be his nightmare, as in the case of Mathadayya. Kasaravalli draws a moving comparison between Irya’s righteous principles and those of the landlord’s rich son, Shivanna (Shivaranajan), who callously leaves the father’s corpse to rot while he completes his main priority — a long business engagement.

Girish Kasaravalli’s Riding the Dreams (Kanasemba Kudureyaneri)  is a perfect example of the finest Indian movies up to date where the Director analyzes every bit of the storyline and decides to experiment in a non – linear narration. It’s not surprising that Kasaravalli’s movies aren’t box – office successes, considering the type of crowd that could grasp a movie like Kanasemba Kudureyaneri, undaunted in the face of the current item song/ Bollywood generation of movie watchers in India.

4/5

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