In an interesting move, maker of multiple critically acclaimed films, he of the Visaaranai fame, National Award-winner, Vetri Maaran, has decided to present the film ‘Baaram‘.
This film won the 2018 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. Written and directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, the film deals with the controversial practice of killing-off of elders in the family by the rest of the family members. Referred to as ‘Thalaikoothal’, it is a form of senicide, where elderly people are led to their death by their own family members. As they age and are unable to work or earn, the elders become a baaram, or burden, to the family, and in certain parts of rural Tamil Nadu, such old people are quietly killed.
Baaram’s story follows the life and death of Karuppasamy, a widowed night watchman, who slips and breaks his hip one fine day. He is taken for treatment by his son to his ancestral village, but what happens to Karuppaswamy after that? How does he die?
“We rarely come across a sincere film around a relevant issue. Baaram is one such film. An intense and intriguing tale exposing a practice that’ll leave us all introspecting on our own insensitivities to the world around us. When I saw the film I wanted to be a part of this film in some way, and decided to present It,” announced Vetri Maaran, whose latest Kollywood outing was Asuran, starring Dhanush.