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Ayalum Njanum Thammil Review

Usually If I like a movie, I update my FB status and recommend my friends to watch it. That’s it ! So far never made any attempts, to actually write a serious movie review. And finally a movie is making me do so – ‘Ayalum Njanum Thammil’ (Malayalam, which roughly translates as ‘between both of us’).

The sheer driving factor to catch this movie in theater  – the crew of this movie – director Lal Jose, and the script writers Bobby and Sanjay, individuals, who have mesmerized me and many other movie freaks, with their creativity and brilliance, at all their previous attempts.

“This was where Dr. Ravi Tharakan was born” – The protagonist, Dr. Ravi Tharakan (Prithviraj) declares so, at the end of the movie in the misty background of his Rural Bond Center. That one line could faintly summarize the whole movie. The story line completely revolves around a young doctor who graduated from medical college and undertakes two years of rural bond in a picturesque village, much against his personal choice. The kind of medical graduate who could not arrive at a diagnosis or predict the prognosis, Ravi has had a comfortable life till date, being in love and ragging juniors at college. However, at the rural hospital, things were different. At Redemption Hospital in Munnar, he is welcomed by the brilliant, unorthodox medical practitioner, Dr. Samuel (Prathap Pothen). The story is all about how a senior doctor transforms an indifferent young doctor into a committed, responsible person….

how a senior doctor transforms an indifferent young doctor into a committed, responsible person….

As Ravi lands up at the Hospital, even before formal introductions, Dr. Samuel assigns him to evaluate a poly trauma case in the ward. He is asked to do a ‘Log Roll’ test by Dr. Samuel on the patient. Not so sure about this basic medical sign, Dr. Ravi runs to the telephone to ring up his batch mate (Naren) and seeks his help in vain.

Salim Kumar plays the role of ‘a medical college exam case’, in other words a man who makes money out of his disease condition by opting to be the patient for MBBS practical examinations. In a flash back seen, they show Dr. Ravi’s final year practical, where a clueless Ravi is helped by the patient (Salim) himself. “Liver Cirrhosis with Portal Hypertension” declares the patient, while also reminding the future doctor not to miss his ‘Right side indirect Inguinal Hernia’.

There are many such moments in this movie, where a young doctor, can easily identify to his/her life.

The movie throws the message, completing the graduation or doing internship does not make you a Medical man. For there is much to master, beyond text books and bed side clinics, to be a medical practitioner! From learning how to control your emotions to even forfeiting personal benefits for patients sake!

A police inspector (Kalabhavan Mani) who was responsible for a big loss in Dr. Ravi Tharakan’s personal life brings his daughter to the hospital with an acute attack of asthma. The egoistic young doctor in Ravi, refuses to treat the patient even after the inspector literally falls on his feet and apologizes. The response of his senior, Dr. Samuel for this emotional showoff of Dr. Ravi, indeed is a big message to all the budding docs. He slaps Dr. Ravi right on his face, in front of everyone and walks away without uttering a word. A beautiful message on how personal conflicts and rivalries should never come in way of your responsibilities and duties to a patient. How better it could have been depicted?
The movie also throws light on the attitude of lay people to doctors. The same men, who praise you and respect you today, may throw stones on you tomorrow for the slightest negligence from your side. As Dr. Samuel rightly states “A doctor and his decision can change the life of a person forever”.

Being a young doctor, almost nearing completion of internship and facing a similar ‘Rural Bond’ scenario like Dr. Ravi Tharakan, the narrative looked like a sneak preview into future. Still the confusion of “ to be or not to be” bonded remains, but the words of Dr. Ravi Tharakan “Dad, even if you pay 100 times more than that, I will never get to learn, what I learn here” makes one ponder.

Capturing the gist of his latest film, director Lal said to The Hindu : “Merely securing an MBBS degree does not make you a doctor. It is experiences and empathy that turn a medical graduate into a doctor in every sense of the word. Bobby is a perfectionist and he was on location to ensure that we get the medical terms and procedures right. Dr. Tharakan is an irresponsible doctor who finds a mentor in Dr. Samuel, Pratap Pothen’s character, and gradually he understands what it means to be a health practitioner.”

The script-writing pair of Bobby and Sanjay has done an outstanding job. Medicine being a profession very familiar to them, they have once again drafted a brilliant script. Director Lal Jose, does 100% justice to their script and has made it a lovely movie to watch. The lead actors especially Prathap Pothen as Dr. Samuel and Prithviraj as Dr. Ravi Tharakan were outstanding. The rest of the actors, including Narain as Vivek and Samvrutha as Sainu, Remya Nambeesan’s Supriya and Rima’s Diya perfectly jelled with the flow of the movie.

Score 3.5/5


Foot Note:
May be it’s because of the script by a Johnite (Dr. Bobby), the movie and the protagonist somehow carries a Johnite shadow throughout.
 
Or was it truly, the story of a Johnite???
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Published: Sunday, Aug 22, 2010, 1:10 IST
By Maitreyee Boruah | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

Rock concerts and fashions shows are passé. As far as college fests are concerned, taking the lead is St Joseph’s College, it will host its annual festival ‘Visages’ in September.

“Over the years, college festivals across Bangalore are focusing more on Western culture. We have nothing against it,” said Clement D’Souza, student welfare officer of St Joseph’s College, adding, “but, our college is making an attempt to bring to light the best of Indian culture and tradition, since last year.”

In a bid to connect with the ‘other India’, they will invite students
from rural and government colleges from across Karnataka to participate in ‘Visages’.

“This time we will lay emphasis on different traditional and folk music, from various parts of the country,” said D’Souza. The festival is also seen as a platform to bring into the spotlight themes like “unity and nationalism among fellow Indians through different events”, he said.

Recently, St John’s Medical College celebrated the 20th edition of ‘Autumn Muse’, and invited students from various parts of India, as a part of its national integration programme.

“Around 10,000 students from at least 100 colleges from various parts of the country participated in the four-day long event,” said Jino Joy, president, St John’s Medical College Students’ Association.

“The idea is to use college fests as a platform to interact and spend time with students from across the country, he said. A Mount Carmel College teacher said that the college had tried to bring in more traditional elements into its annual festival ‘Cul-Ah’.

Two-month old Jain College, Jayanagar which concluded its first fest ‘Udbhava’ on Wednesday, college authorities said, “It had a good mélange of Indian and western programmes.”

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Let there be Night !

Happened to read a special report on the latest issue of “The week” magazine which actually spoke about a relatively new kind of pollution “Light pollution”.

This report gave me an answer for all my doubts about why the night sky in Bangalore looks reddish bright with scanty few stars… Being from a village I have always enjoyed a beautiful view of the sky in night with millions of stars twinkling down. Often, when you walk through the paddy fields in night you may spot a shooting star even. With Shakespeare  one  could exclaim  back here in this place….”How beatueos the world is….”

But for the past two and a half years, after coming to city of Bangalore I must admit, hardly I’ve been able to spot any of those constellations. Only time I remember doing that was in Mugalur, where we as medical students went for a 2 week camp in rural Karnataka.

Reading the report on the Week, I realized the issue is bigger. It also had something to do with pollution. But this time the villain being relatively unheard cousin – Light pollution !

“Once upon a time, there used to be a night. It would be ushered in at the cowdust hour, when lamps were lit, long shadows were cast and crickets began their chirp. Sometimes, it was dark and deep, lulling the living into slumber while mysterious ghosts glided in the starlight. Sometimes, it would be awash in moonlight, inspiring a love-struck Romeo to serenade. candle light dinners took on enchantment when a flickering flame was the only illumination.

……But this generation has been deprived of the dark.”

Our cities these days pride in their ability to never sleep. Night life is ‘the’ life in most of the cities. We have cities which switch on their street lamps and flood lights to chase away darkness. Adding on to this the flood lights, the vehicle head lamps and so on.

In the Good old days, every writer praised light and often projected it as sign of Good, Truth and all the positive values. They wrote about dark as a symbol of fear, crime and other negatives. Let these masterpieces  stay but the beauty of darkness was something which inspired and astonished many.

But here is a time, where our generations would miss this beauty for ever. ‘The loss of the night is a romantic tragedy, and doubly so, Not only has it taken away the mysteries of the dark, but also dimmed the significance of day, with nothing to contrast with it.’

Artificial illumination invaded almost completely the natural darkness at least in our cities.

One might wonder other than so called concern for the ecology and worry about everything that weans away – which is a trend these days – is light pollution really an important issue?Does this have any significance in our lives?

Late night shifts which alter the production of melatonin, escalates the rish of cancer. This is not just a hypothesis but it is based on a WHO study. In Denmark, they have a scheme in which ladies who develop cancer after late night shift work are paid compensation. Another hormone that has a spurt at night is the Growth Hormone. ‘In adults, GH is associated with the body’s repair mechanism. It’s deficiency leads to the fatigue and low immunity that we see in those who stay awake in night. A day’s sleep cannot compensate for a nights rest. Cortisol, the stress hormone too, is related to the circadian rhythm. Its disruption is manifested in the increased stress levels, high blood pressure and obesity. There are reasons humans were created as diural beings, and tampering with this rhythm could open the door to a host of health troubles.

From medical aspect let us move on to the social, emotional and psychological aspect. The people who work in night shift regularly are often disconnected from others and society. Even with week end holidays, people who work according to American or European timings find it hard to bring back their body to Indian timings. Some loose weight, where others gain.

Its not just about staying beyond traditional bedtime. The quality of darkness is as important.  A US study showed that infants who slept in rooms lit by night lamp had increased chances of developing myopia.

The problem is big and the effects are many. Surprisingly there is no Indian study yet on this subject. And I doubt whether any thinking has gone into this subject as such yet. Well, I think I need to change my style too a bit. My usual sleeping time is 2 AM to 8 AM. I think I need to revise it soon. Rightly they say” Early to bed, Early to rise”.

Then the next bit, after reading and sharing about this problem at various sources in last 24 hours, I think there should be some study on this subject especially in our cities like – Bangalore and Hyderabad where so many IT parks and call centers function according to the time tables of their international clients. People deserve to know about this in a much organized and systematic way validated with scientific findings and facts.

God when he created universe said “Let there be Light”. It is believed He  created  Light and Darkness for man and other animals to work and rest. Its time to hear the new word “Let there be Night !”

The night itself is our right. It’s time to reclaim !

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