Sunday, 22 July 2018

Bodha: One more movie from K-Town to bodyshame women

An amateur presentation lets down the intensity of a good script. And that is how Bodha has come out, directed by Suresh G starring Vicky and Mippu in the lead.

For the need of money both the protagonists want to make an extreme attempt, that they personally feel is not ethical. For the character played by Vicky, ends up as a gigolo. While Mippu wants to rob a house. However, both their attempts fall on to a single page and a series of incidents puts them on to a trouble. With this hyperlink plot, Bodha should have made a tangible impact when read as a script, or even a novel. But, Suresh, who had been a good writer, could not make it be a filmmaker.

For an instance, the goons of the gigolo agent in the movie are projected to be with black-humourish characteristics but they hardly make us laugh. Mippu's lines could have itched the funny bone at least for his voice modulation, but it is not so.

Also, when it comes to gender discrimination, the movie has a figurative, but a curt objectification of women. Though there is no specific woman playing the female lead to be humiliated, the movie gets itself a scope for that. Firstly, the phrase that refers to the hero as 'Aambala Item' felt like a concomitant representation of feminine as the default gender of the usually cited term 'item' to represent prostitutes. Body shaming too is running through the undercurrent of the movie where the hero initially is not ready to share bed with a dark skinned woman, but immediately admits for the same when she offers him more money.

Visually, Bodha is bright with the joint efforts of cinematographer Rathina Kumar and colourist Karthik Chandrashekar. The pink tone in most of the outdoor shots booms the mood of the movie. But the problem is their efforts go in vain as the screen story lacks professionalism and looks so amateur.

There is a lot more in the movie that needs a circumstantial explanation, like a police official easily killing just for the sake of villain's gesture. The movie tries to justify the climax twist in the mid-credits, but the problem is that, had these surprise moments been part of the whole runtime, Bodha could have been more interesting to watch.

The saviour of the show is the hero Vicky, who has both innocence and ambition weaved in a perfect blend for his character - for his life's aspiration, he pitches into the work he wants not do. Similarly, Mippu scores with his face expression despite the lack of punch in his characterisation and lines.

Suresh could have spent more time in shaping up the screenplay and the screen-story of Bodha to create the grip what he should have had when writing the story. At the end of the day, it the film on screen is what that matters.

- Santhosh Mathevan,
Chennai, July 22, 2018.

A part or complete version of this viewer's note by Santhosh Mathevan has appeared in This viewer's note is completely based on the perceptions of Santhosh Mathevan alone. This does not reflect the views of two or more people or a community. Queries and criticism shall be addressed to the writer only.