Director: Karishma Dev Dube
Author: Karishma Dev Dube
Cinematographer: Shreya Dev Dube
The brief movie Bittu begins and ends with a close-up of just a little woman. The movie opens earlier than the college day has begun. Bittu and her finest good friend Chand are reciting tacky movie songs to entertain younger males who look like vacationers – one is about purple lipstick and a svelte waistline. The final body of the movie can also be Bittu’s face. It’s now night time. The day is over and so is her friendship – in a tragedy that performs out with chilling inevitability. Bittu’s face bookends the movie.
And what a face it’s. Hair askew, dimpled cheeks, a smidgen of snot and eyes that gleam with defiance that refuses to be crushed by her threadbare circumstances or the college authorities. Bittu just isn’t even 10 however she’s fierce, street-smart and decided to grab the day. Which will get away from her. She has a combat with Chand. The headmistress punishes her. After which the unimaginable occurs. In school, the youngsters are repeatedly requested, ‘Acche bacche kaise hote hain?’ The youngsters instantly put their fingers to their lips to point that good children are silent children. Which takes on a brand new and horrific which means on the finish.
There may be little scenic magnificence. As a substitute, DOP Shreya Dev Dube captures the starkness of the panorama, the rubble of the street and the brown, barren mountains that foreshadow doom
Bittu is impressed by an notorious poisoning accident that came about in a authorities college in Bihar in 2013. Debutant director Karishma Dev Dube reimagines the story in a village within the Himalayas – the movie was shot on location in Koti close to Dehradun. However there may be little scenic magnificence. As a substitute, DOP Shreya Dev Dube captures the starkness of the panorama, the rubble of the street and the brown, barren mountains that foreshadow doom. The placing large pictures are offset by close-ups of the faces – the youngsters, achingly harmless and unaware of how little their lives matter and the adults, most of them, careless and casually corrupt. The boys within the opening sequence who’re watching little women dance are creepy. However Karishma doesn’t underline the commentary. With a skillful restraint – discover the minimal use of music – she nudges us to contemplate the implications of inequity. Particularly for women.
Karishma’s triumph is the casting – particularly Rani Kumari as Bittu. There may be zero artifice about her. She has what Christopher Nolan describes as visible empathy. You immediately put money into her. Bittu’s intelligence, her fervor and her anger jogged my memory of Jabya in Nagraj Manjule’s good debut movie Fandry. In fact, Jabya is older however each Bittu and him defy their setting. And on the finish, like Jabya, Bittu additionally picks up a rock to demand that the detached world cease and concentrate.
Bittu is steeped in poignant lyricism. In a single scene, Bittu’s instructor, one of many few adults within the movie who cares for these youngsters, calls her Jhansi ki Rani. With schooling and alternative, what might Bittu and numerous Indian women like her, turn into? That query will hang-out you. So will Bittu’s face. Do discover the movie when it’s out.