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Badaga film made in Ooty to be released today

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New venture: A poster of the Badaga film Gavava Thedi displayed in Udhagamandalam. —
New venture: A poster of the Badaga film Gavava Thedi displayed in Udhagamandalam. —

D. Radhakrishnan

Filmed on scenic locales, it will focus on domestic harmony and family values

Udhagamandalam: Talked about often in various parts of the country and many places abroad on account of its rich, hoary and unique culture, the Badaga community of the Blue Mountains (the Nilgiris) has of late been making effective use of the celluloid medium to showcase its life style, of course with some cinematic trimmings and liberties.

In the mid 1970s, a team which included the present Ooty MLA B.Gopalan had taken a pioneering step by making the first black and white Badaga film Kaala Thappitha Payilu.

Since then, making films in the Badaga dialect has come a long way. A few years ago a film titled Kemmanju was made.

It was followed by Hosa Mungaru. Now comes Gavava Thedi which means ‘in search of love or affection’.

It will be released at the Kempay Gowda theatre here on Friday.

Pointing out that it has been billed as the first high-resolution digital Badaga movie, its director S.Mahesh Babu told The Hindu here on Thursday that it was his maiden attempt.

He said he had also taken care of the story, screen-play, dialogue, editing and music.

Shooting which had commenced during July last year had taken place mostly in Kenthala and Keithorai villages.

The movie also featured members of the Toda community.

To a question, he said that it was a family-based entertainer.

While focusing on domestic harmony and family values, it will provide a visual treat vis-À-vis the scenic splendour of the Nilgiris. While a Badaga youth Jagdish (screen name Rishi Ram) of Balacola village has donned the lead role, Mamtha of Karnataka is the heroine.

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