6 Feet / Aaradi  

6 Feet / Aaradi  

Director: Saji Palamel Sreedharan / India / 100 min / 2016 / Malayalam

6feetSynopsis Six Feet of earth is what all human beings need and eventually end up at the end, but the journey of each one towards it is not the same. For some, it is a tortuous journey from beginning to end, with nothing in the world reserved for them. They are born in misery, live and die in misery without any hope of redemption. 6 Feet is about the last day in the life of a dalit Sanskrit scholar, who was a freedom fighter and idealist politician of his times.

This is a story of desperation of dalits in post-Independence India, where even after seven decades, they are systematically excluded from all realms of life. It is also a road movie of sorts where the young grandson gradually comes to realize the level of marginalization they suffer beneath the progressive veneer of Kerala society, where caste works in umpteen curious ways in everyday life and reveals its fangs in situations where power and rights really matter.

CAST & CREW

Director: Saji Palamel Sreedharan
Scriptwriters: Prasanth C, Santhoshkumar E
Producers: Madhusoodanan A V, Prasad M
Cinematographer: Reji Prasad
Editor: Shanavas Naranippuzha
Music: Ramesh Narayan
Cast: Gopan Kalharam, Madhu Vibhakar

 

6feet_dirDIRECTOR’S BIO Saji Palamel is a self taught filmmaker and ‘Six Feet’ is his feature debut. He has made three short fictions ,’Athijeevanam’,’Vazhiyariyathe’ and ‘Achanariyathe’ ,before his first feature film.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENTSix Feet of earth all human beings need and eventually end up at the end, but the journey of each one towards it is not the same. For some, it is a tortuous journey from beginning to end, with nothing in the world reserved for them. They are born in misery, live and die in misery without any hope of redemption. 6 Feet is about the last day in the life of a dalit Sanskrit scholar, who was a freedom fighter and idealist politician of his times. Never interested in power or positions, he lived a life of a recluse translating Rg veda. His son is ill and bedridden, and his grandson is a politician and representative of the dalits in his area. The film begins with the death of the Gandhian scholar, whose body the grandson wants to cremate with the honour and respect it deserves. First, the politicians including his own political party and its rapacious leaders, then the school in which taught prevent his body being kept for public view in their offices by giving lame excuses. Only a Pentecostal church and its ardent disciples allow his body to be placed in their church. When the body is taken to the river bank for cremation, their also they meet with resistance from local sand mafia who quote court orders for the same. Finally, unable to find 6 feet of earth of one’s own to cremate the body, it is brought home, where in a fit of rage, frustration and resentment, his grandson buries it inside the home by digging a pit.

This is a story of desperation of dalits in post-Independence India, where even after seven decades, they are systematically excluded from all realms of life. It is also a road movie of sorts where the young grandson gradually comes to realize the level of marginalization they suffer beneath the progressive veneer of Kerala society, where caste works in umpteen curious ways in everyday life and reveals its fangs in situations where power and rights really matter.

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