Kurmavatar is the only Kannada movie in Darpan 2013 and received the 2012 National award for best feature film in Kannada, apart from recognition in several other film festivals.
Shot in just 15 days, the film is about Anand Rao, a government employee who at the edge of retirement, happens to play the role of Mahatma Gandhi in a television serial. Unknowingly the qualities of Gandhiji imbibe in him.
Anand Rao undergoes a subtle inward journey of acquiring a better understanding of his faith and principles which are ultimately challenged in a materialistic environment.
The film is a powerful comment on the new socio economic order that has emerged post-independence and the ambivalence of robust Gandhian Values in 21st century India. The film also contrasts the value systems of the new generation with the previous one while showing the innocence and vulnerability of children.
The rampant misuse of Gandhi’s iconic image with total disregard to the message of the great soul is also underlined.
Kurmavatar (Language - Kannada (Indian) with English subtitles; Rating – PG) will be screened on 7th Sep, 7:30pm at Arts House Screening room, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.