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Mitaayi Mane: simple story well said

R G Vijayasarathy | February 06, 2006 19:51 IST

Veteran Kannada film actress Arathi, who rose to great heights during her acting career two decades ago by winning four best actress state government awards and four Film Fare awards, comes back to the industry after a long gap to showcase her talents as a director. Her first directorial venture whichwon the Best Film award from the Karnataka state government in the children's filmcategory makes an honest attempt to portray the tragedy ofchild labour. Aarathi proves beyond doubt in her first film that she means business. It is agreat transformation for the actress from being a weepy star of the eighties to a vibrant and intelligent director of the new millennium.

Arathi has created the film with some great commitment and transparent honesty. The film creates aright ambienceand sherestrains herself frommakinga run-of-the-millformula film. Some real life incidents are weaved into a powerfully narrated story.

Mitaayi Mane is a haunting film which makes a strong statement onchild labour. The script written by Yashaswini, Arathi's daughteris thefilm's strong point.The script poignantly delineates the tragedy of the film's protagonist Ganga.The film has borrowedfrom the European fairy tale Hansel and Gretel to illustrate how an illusion is created by the exploiters that a good life is provided to the children who work as servants in their houses. The film provides a human perspective on the consequences of the child labour.

Mitaayi Mane is the story of a11-year-old Ganga alias Putti, who works as a maid servant in a middle class family. She has been made to work as a maid servant in the house only because her starving parents in the nearby rural village feel it is a better alternative to send her to the city than tolet her starve.The film thereby illustrates through Ganga'sperspective as to how she is being exploited and how her aspirations are quelled.

Child artist Aditiputs in a strong performance as Putti and the same could be said about other child artists. Dharmendra and Panchami as the middle class couple who engage Puttialso impress. Well known television artist Surabhi Herur shines in the role of Ganga's mother. Overall, the film impresses with some good performance from all artists.

Though the film had a shoestring budget, it does not show andthe technical pointsaretop class. N S Prasad's background score as well as thepuppet show add up to the film's quality.

Mitaayi Mane is certainly a film to be watched not only by the elite but also by people who understand good cinema.

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