Videsh Movie Review
Videsh is a film about domestic violence. However there is a deeper meaning to the movie. The director (Deepa Mehta) attempts to show that even the most vulnerable people can summon up an inner strength to fight injustice, and that violence need not always beget violence. To explore this idea Mehta uses a metaphor from Indian mythology, that of the Shesh Nag, a powerful serpent God. Girish Karnad has already explored this idea in his play Naga Mandalam, and the movie seems to be inspired by this play… The setting, a tacky overcrowded lower-middle-class Indian home in Canada where the thin walls afford no privacy, and where a cruel and possessive “mother” has a vice-like grip over her son and in fact the whole household, brings out the sickeningly claustrophobic atmosphere which borders on the evil.
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