Here are the memories of Tiantan Award. Today, we would like to recall an Indian film Fear (Bhayanaka), a shortlisted film of the 9th Beijing International Film Festival Tiantan Award, which is unique and impressive in photography. Through the sharp contrast between the two parts of the film, the film highlights the cruelty of the war, thus winning the Best Screenplay Award of the 9th Beijing International Film Festival. In this video, Director Jayaraj will share with us the anti-war philosophy that the movie wants to convey.
Fear is a Malayalam film, adapted from an epic Indian novel And, which tells the story in an Indian village. The people in the village have to join the army due to the poverty, but they do not know who to fight for. Director Jayaraj adapted two chapters of the novel into a movie, focusing on a postman in the village.
The story takes place in Kuttanad and its blocking areas in the middle of Kerala, India during World War II. A retired soldier who participated in World War I has been appointed as postman to deliver financial aid and letters to the families of active soldiers. For the villagers, the message from the postman is a good sign at first. Very soon, after the outbreak of World War II, he brings bad news, making the villagers who lost their loved ones heartbroken.
Due to the war, the postman changes from a lucky messenger to a follower of death. With this change in identity, the style of photography has also witnessed a tremendous change. The picture, which originally presents bright village life, loses its color and turns into almost black and white after the war begins. In addition, there are days of heavy rain enveloping the whole village, which reflects the fear for the war. In this way, the film photographer Nikhil S Praveen has created light and shadow magic, which can be only seen in the film.
As an anti-war film, Fear has not any scene of bomb explosion or military training, which is favored by war films. Instead, they were all abandoned by the director. He chose to present the cruel war all through the reaction of the figures, that is, through the emotional fluctuation of the figures to express the fear for the war.
"The tragedy of a war is that it always takes the best things in people to do the worst things people can do." Despite living in an age of peace, Director Jayaraj believes that "war is still the greatest fear in the world. Although many years have passed since World War II, we are still afraid that something will happen somewhere." The “sequela” left by the war for everyone is that when the war occurs, we are full of fear; when there is no war, we are still full of fear.