The idea of holding an exhibition before the release of a film had been on Binu Bhaskar’s mind for a long time. He believes bringing the images of a film to an intimate space creates a sort of connect with the viewers. In other words, it serves as a window to the larger canvas. This desire has finally resulted in No Answers, an exhibition based on the upcoming Malayalam film Kottayam, happening at Draavidia Art Gallery, Fort Kochi.
Bhaskar, who is director of Kottayam, has been working on this investigative thriller that touches upon social issues for the past three years. A photographer-turned-director, he equates land with a woman in the film. The message is: consequences will be dreadful if one violates either. “In our country, atrocities against women surge day by day. Such news receive a lot of attention, however, only a few cases get solved. Everything fades off after a few days’ of sensationalism. I find that disturbing. I wanted to talk about that,” says Bhaskar, sitting in the gallery where paintings, digital collages and designer wear related to the cinema are on display.
Besides violence against women, the film discusses issues such as land encroachment and depopulation. The narrative has a pan-Indian approach. Although the film begins in Kottayam, it travels to the Northeastern part of the country. “Because the subjects we discuss are relevant across the nation,” Bhaskar explains.