Women of the house slog, mop, toil around doing the chores of the house. While the men sit idle, waiting to fill their tummies with the delicacies prepared by their wives.
The Great Indian Kitchen is directed by Jeo Baby and is streaming on NeeStream platform currently. It is an ordinary plot. But the cinematography and camera angles incorporated has taken it to a whole other level.
It’s a gripping tale that’s heart rendering. The story revolves around the basic notion that women are considered to be solely responsible for doing household work. A thought that’s entrenched in our mind.
The gender-role is clearly defined in our patriarchal society. The repetitive household work performed on daily basis by women is captured aesthetically.
The mere recurrence of household duties done by women strikes a chord with the audience and leaves an indelible impression on their minds.
The highlight of the movie is the frequent use of diegetic sounds such as grinding, washing, chopping, mopping which gives a sense of the scene and hits the right nerve.
The newly married docile daughter-in-law played by Nimisha follows in the footsteps of her mother-in-law and adorns the role of a dutiful bahu.
Whereas, her husband a character essayed by Surajm who a teacher is heard lecturing his students about the importance of family institution. That is utter mockery to the real situation that plays out in his house.
It is often said that in India women are worshipped as goddesses. But the same women are cornered in the house while they are on their periods. The behavior meted out to them is sickening. They are treated like untouchables and are given a separate bed, glass and plate while on menstruation. This happens too with the protagonist in the film.
The film will make you feel restless and question everything around you that seems to be usual but isn’t. Clearly, this is a masterclass movie of the Malayalam cinema. It goes on to show the little details like men leaving food waste outside their plate, that too on table. The clogged kitchen sink, the leaking drainpipe, the smelly waste bucket – all of it helps in building up the story and gives it the right momentum.