INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OF INDIA 2002,
Atithi (The Guest)
90 mins., 35mm, colour,
In the backdrop
of organized terrorism threatening world peace, Atithi tries to
simulate the same situation at a micro-level by putting a terrorist
and peace-loving doctor together under the same roof for a few
days and examines the outcome of their complex interactions.
after blowing up a bridge are on their way to next target. One
of the terrorists is injured and they go to a doctor’s house for
medical aid. At gunpoint, they extract treatment and safe shelter
until the injured terrorist becomes fit to move out. Doctor’s
wife is taken away as a hostage to ensure secrecy of the whole
deal. Doctor’s house turns into an operating base for the terrorists.
A casual entry of a small child into that house adds a new dimension.
Amidst all this confusion, doctor goes through agonizing moments
living with the terrorist.
What is the nature
of their interactions during that period? What kind of internal
conflicts they go through even while exhibiting their respective
outward stance? How they react to each other’s views, how they
affect each other in commonplace situations. How an innocent child
transforms the whole complexion of their relationships, thinking
patterns and behavioural patterns. These are some of the elements
that Atithis tries to examine at the human level leaving the viewer
free to create his own socio-political context as the backdrop
based on his own life experience.
A postgraduate in
Kannada literature and diploma holder in journalism. After a short
stint as journalist he entered film in 1990 as a screenplay and
dialogue writer. His maiden effort as Director of feature film
"Munnudi" has brought him great applause for his sensitive
approach to cinema. He is the recipient of Aravindan Puraskaram
– 2000 as debut director of "Munnudi".