Kannada movie Nanu Kusuma (I am Kusuma), directed by Krishnegowda, throws light on women's safety in today's society in India and raises a few questions: Are the women in a society which we term as women empowered really safe? Has women empowerment been truly implemented on ground. Have we achieved the dream of Mahatma Gandhiji’s concept of Ramarajya where safety and security are inclusive?
‘Nanu Kusuma’ mirrors the reality of our patriarchal society where injustice is meted out to women even after introducing stringent laws, Director Krishnegowda told mediapersons and festival delegates at the ‘Table talk’ session organised by PIB on the sidelines of the IFFI 53.
The film starring Greeshma Sridhar is based on a short story written by Kannada author Dr Besagarahalli Ramanna, who penned the book taking cues from a real life incident.
“Women empowerment and women safety form the core of this film. My penchant is to make movies on subjects which could pass on a message to the society,” the director said, according to a PIB release.
Nanu Kusuma revolves around the life of Kusuma, who is the daughter of loving and caring father who has high ambitions for her daughter. But fate had some other plans and her father passes away after meeting with an accident throwing her life into chaos.
Kusuma, who aspired to become a doctor drops out of medical school due to financial crisis. She gets her father’s government job on compensatory grounds. But life for Kusuma takes a dramatic turn when she is sexually assaulted.
Actor Greeshma Sridhar said the process has been disturbing and exhausting for continually being in that state of mind.
“It is the story of women who are constantly being pushed into corners and who finds themselves encircled by problems without doing any wrong.
“It is heart breaking to say that there was no dearth of material on this particular subject which made it all the more difficult to come to terms with,” she said.
The movie was screened under Indian Panorama Feature Films section. It is also competing for ICFT- UNESCO Gandhi Medal along with other eight films, which is IFFI’s annual slate of international and Indian fiction feature films that reflect the ideals of UNESCO.
Produced by Krishnegowda himself, the cast of the 2022 film includes Greeshma Sridhar, Sanatani, Krishnegowda, Kaveri Sridhar, Soumya Bhagavat, Vijay.