The Goan Cinema and the undiscovered pearl of potential


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The state of Goa though small in size, has seen some films been produced in the recent past. These films have had some unique cinematic features that the Goan film fraternity ought to be proud of.

The famous sequel

This was seen for the first time in Home Sweet Home. The first part of the small enterprise released in December 2014. It was based on the fight for right towards self-owned, ancestral obtained property that was lost in a battle of thrust and friendship. The friend and caretaker of the property of the protagonist sold this property to a builder as land to construct apartments. The first part spoke about the sudden disbelief in friendship, having to come to terms that a building had been constructed on the land that once housed his old pride villa and the struggle to obtain the same again. It ended in suspense that was to be revealed in the sequel. The sequel happened soon without delay the following year in December 2015. In the latter part the main characters who were shown as helpless initially returned as confident heroic characters this time. It ended on a positive note wherein the victim attained justice after a long battle of a vicious property conflict. This speaks about the possibility for growth in Goa’s film industry, since it has to its credit a film that has seen a sequel that could have been a problem if you take into consideration the small audience number and financial  difficulties Goan filmmakers face.

The splendor of cinematography

People usually appreciate films for their story and narrative style. But there are others, of late who focus on the technical aspects of film-making, cinematography is one of them. This serves like a big screen tour for the audience that just does not speak about the character and conflict but also introduces you to the locations of the film. The recently released film K Sera Sera, was one such film that made the usually small city of Panaji appear like a big splendid city on camera. Goan audiences saw the mandovi bridges (the gateway to the city), landscape around Rua de Oreme (known as golden street), the small bridge of Fontaihnes and the red, blue, yellow and white coloured buildings of Panaji, a city so close to them just like they would for other famous cities in Bollywood and Hollywood films. This suggests the technical knowledge in film-making of people of this small state. This should be given keen attention and used as a technique to improve the quality of film-making in Goa.

A theme of National importance not explored by popular cinema

Local films often focus on themes with local flavor or try to imitate popular culture. The film Enemy seemed a bit different. Hence it also qualified for a national award.  The film did have a local touch to it in terms of character and location, but it spoke about the Enemy property act and its repercussions on Indians who acquired Pakistani citizenship. In the film, the protagonist, an army man was left awestruck when he visited his village in Goa from a state outside India after many years. His land was seized by officials of the government of India because his father was found to be a citizen of Pakistan despite his family acquiring citizenship of India and his son being part of the Indian army personnel. This theme has significance in the larger national scene but has not seen the light of the day either in popular cinema or reportage. This film educated people about the same.

The Goan film industry does have the parameters that are required for an industry to remain functional in contemporary times. It is just in need of proper recognition and platform for development. This speaks about the bright possibilities of the industry in the coming years.


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