Duration: 100 minutes
OTT: Amazon Prime VideoIn modern films, in the name of Feminism, it is important for the girl to be independent. The stereotype of a woman being modern, new-minded and living on her own terms through alcoholism, cigarette smoking, two triple boyfriends, a single husband and two extra-marital affairs does not seem believable. The film that demolishes these parameters of Feminism is – ‘The great Indian Kitchen’.
Malayalam cinema has always been showing revolutionary themes in Indian history or rebellious form of everyday life. Unsolved stories of human relationships, captivating relationships of introductions, the story of the telling of the stories of definition, which are seen in Malayalam cinema, are rarely seen in films of any other language. In European cinema, the kind of relationships or situations on which films are made, their joint films can be seen in Malayalam language in a sophisticated and indigenous style. From Ivy Sasi to Adoor Gopalakrishnan, successful directors like Fazil and experimental directors like Tyagarajan Kumaran, Anwar Rashid have given new dimensions to the films.
Amazon Prime has recently released – writer-director Joe Baby’s film – The Great Indian Kitchen. The story of the film lies in a total of two sentences. A newly married woman (Nimisha Sajayan), gets tired of trying to adjust to her husband’s (Sanjay Vanjaramood) house and eventually leaves her and becomes a dance teacher in a school and her husband remarries. The new wife also starts to teach the laws of her home. The 100-minute-long film was shot in a house in Kozhikode. If one or two shots are left, then the entire film has been indoor and 90% of them are kitchen scenes.
Everything seems to happen in the film. Not a single view is unnecessary. After marriage, the relatives return and the girl is seen in the kitchen directly in the in-laws’ house. Washing, chopping, peeling, seasoning, seasoning, dosa, making dosa, idli, sambhar, and then serving food, cleaning the table and serving your food in your husband’s discarded plate, then cleaning and Setting up the kitchen so that the same can be repeated in the evening tea and dinner. She tries to remove the smell of the kitchen by washing her hands before sleeping. On the contrary, the husband waits for tea, then dinner and at night on his wife’s bed and yes, he also does yoga in between, but does not contribute to any household chores.
In one shot, the mutual equations and taunts of the people of the house are clearly visible. For example, in one scene, the mother-in-law grinds the sauce on the sauce and does not use a mixer-grinder everyday because the father-in-law has a habit of eating ground sauce. Making both chutney and sambar in daily food because it has happened. In one scene, Nimisha removes the remaining food from the fridge, serves her husband and father-in-law by heating it and the father-in-law shrugs his nose in the name of stale food. Husband and father-in-law, while eating food, leave the bones and sucked pods of drumstick on the table, which have to be picked up daily and put in dustbin. Nimisha’s heart gets filled with bitterness when she sees her husband eating very well in the restaurant and watching the same spread at home.
Nimisha’s father-in-law has a habit of wearing washed clothes, clothes in the washing machine go bad. At the time of menstruation, Nimisha is locked in the old room of the house, she is not allowed to touch anything, her food is controlled and even she has to wash her clothes separately and dry them inside the room, so that the house Do not look at the men. Due to such small incidents, he keeps busy throughout the day and the frustration inside him starts to grow.
The film has several scenes depicting patriarchy, which have been run in our homes for years in the name of sacraments and, despite changing times, bypassing modernity, husbands and father-in-laws are busy humping their wali, even The husband keeps Sabarimala fast without asking him, which includes difficult tasks like celibacy for about 40 days. The day before the fast begins, he tells his wife to have sex, then the wife tells him that he is in pain and wants her husband to prepare her first through foreplay as well. Even a husband trapped in conservatism is unable to tolerate this, because in his eyes the woman is only to enjoy. Her entire life should be spent in obeying the orders of the husband and the elderly. He should handle the entire kitchen, obey the elders, warm the husband’s bed, be proficient in all the household tasks, respect the guests according to the rites, but he should not think of himself, he should not be on any subject. You should not give your opinion and always remain silent.
The film’s kitchen sink has been shown to deteriorate and dirty water gets spread on the kitchen floor due to holes in the pipe. The wife sometimes puts the bucket under the sink, sometimes by putting pieces of sackcloth and tries to dry it, but despite repeated reminders, the husband does not call a plumber. In the end, the wife throws the same dirty water, over her husband and father-in-law, and goes to her maternal home. However, using the Internet, why did he not call a plumber, this question remains intriguing.
This film should be considered one of the best films of all time because this film without screaming, beating the drums of modernity, tarnishing the plot of small clothes-alcohol-cigarette-extramarital affair, touching the mind of a woman busy in the kitchen In a manner that reflects. Film actress Rani Mukherjee, seeing this film, sent a congratulatory message to her director Jio through Malayalam cinema superstar Prithviraj and said that it is the best film made in the present time.
Nimisha, who won the Kerala State Film Award, is born and brought up in Mumbai, but all her talent in Malayalam films is convincing. Suraj, who started his career as a stand up comedian, is a well-known Malayalam film and television actor. In this film, he has been seen playing the role of a Khadus, Dambhi and orthodox husband, in sharp contrast to his image. By the time the film is half done, the audience starts hating them. This is the second film of Nimisha and Sanjay together. The acting of all is top class. In the life of Nimisha as a small milk delivery girl, there is also an important character of the happiness that comes in the life of Nimisha.
The film is written by the director Jio Baby, but unlike his old films, Jio did not write dialogues in this film. There are only different scenes in the entire script, most of the dialogue actors themselves have spoken at the time of shooting. The fight between Nimisha and Sanjay and Sanjay’s behavior, as the film progresses, automatically becomes visible to the audience. To prove that there is a woman’s fault in everything, men put their full strength and this thing is clearly visible while watching the film. Jio wrote this film after stealing stories from his personal experiences. The screenplay of the film was made with the help of the film’s editor Francis Louis. Kerala is very beautiful in itself and Salu Thomas’s cinematography has burnt life in one shot. In 2018, Jio got the end of the film due to the court’s decision to allow women to enter Sabarimala and hence raised this sensitive subject in a very emotional manner in this film.
The film was first released on the Malayalam OTT platform named “NESTREAM” and the number of fans of the film increased in a single day that the server of NESTREAM stopped working. Many people also told Jio that they are ready to pay the money so that it will be released in the movie theater. This story of women’s rights and their struggle in the kitchen had to face both admiration and criticism. Apart from men, women also abused Jio on social media, but the success of the film kept everyone shut. In the end, the film was released on Amazon Prime Video and made it available to audiences across India. Live had shown this film to many OTT platforms earlier too, but no one bothered to release it. Both Netflix and Amazon refused to show the film. In the end, after its success, Amazon had to release it.
Even without stereotyping, this powerful form of Feminism is a must watch film to understand how to be threaded into a story. The directors of Hindi film should also take a lesson from Jio. This chilli sauce has been thrown on the face of the patriarchal society. Both eyes and brain will burn. Should also be burnt.