A Power-packed Punch at Corporatisation of Farms

Bhoomi

Director: Lakshman

Solid: Jayam Ravi, Nidhhi Agerwal, Ronit Roy, Radha Ravi, Thambi Ramaiah, Saranya Ponvannan

Lakshman’s Bhoomi, now on Disney-Hotstar, couldn’t have picked a extra acceptable time to reach. The movie is a robust indictment of the corporatisation of agriculture and the evil of middlemen (which whereas giving marginal income to the farmer, sells the produce to the buyer at far greater costs). The work actually takes the area path to hammer residence these factors – not that we’re at nighttime about these. However, as Lakshman underlines, we’d like a Bhoominathan to unify the farming group, stored at nighttime for a few years by egocentric politicians and bribe-gulping bureaucrats – who’ve been profiting enormously by a system that has been enslaved by company giants.

Bhoominathan (Jayam Ravi) is a scientist working for the Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration (NASA), and he’s all set to journey to the Mars to attempt to discover whether or not it’s match for all times, as we all know it. However within the intervening month-long break, he flies down from the US to his beloved Tamil Nadu, the place he finds farmers ravenous as a result of their fields are barren. There isn’t any rainfall, there’s nearly no underground water, which has been, as we’re advised, drawn by large industries making motorcars, aerated drinks and even denims.

All this may be reversed, however for a overseas industrial magnate, Richard Little one (Ronit Roy), who claims that solely 13 households on the planet management pure sources and wealth. And he has below his thumb the Minister for Agriculture (performed by Radha Ravi) in addition to his cronies, police chief included. Little one additionally brags to Bhoominathan or Bhoomi that he would quickly flip India into one other Somalia, suffering from starvation and ailments. Looks as if the very personification of evil, pure and unadulterated. He pumps hybrid seeds onto farmers, who don’t realise that these require rather more water than pure ones. With land and foodgrain distribution in his pocket, Little one believes that he can’t be vanquished. However there’s Bhoomi to throw a hoop of fireside round Little one.

As a lot as the topic is of immense worth in at the moment’s India – whose farmers are combating towards large enterprise stepping into their lives – the film resorts to heroics (tempered with nationalist fervour, notably Tamil sentiment) and exaggerated strategies within the struggle between Bhoomi and Little one. The NASA scientist proves in the long run that Little one is in any case, properly, a toddler. However his defeat seems unreal, and Bhoomi’s means to stamp him out could also be seen as extremely unethical.

Sadly, Tamil cinema resorts to this type of dramatics if solely to show a degree, and they’re typically sugarcoated with dances (pointless) and love tales (we’ve got one in Bhoomi as properly with Nidhi Agerwal essaying Swathi, his sweetheart).

The script is unwieldy. There’s not a lot to rave about Jayam Ravi, though Radha Ravi and Thambi Ramaiah as farmer Ramaswamy seem extra rooted.

Ranking: 2.5/5

( Gautaman Bhaskaran is a film critic and creator of a biography of Adoor Gopalakrishnan)

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