What inspired you to approach this topic for the film?
Ananya: Our sense of judgment depends on our understanding of what’s right and wrong. I believe that people are comfortable with what they already know and believe. Our ego often blinds us, forcing us to resist new information, which questions our existing beliefs. Hence, we fail to understand and accept certain things, often getting highly biased. The understanding of chastity, obsession with virginity and honor killing are few such topics. After reading about various cases, where the brides have been abandoned for not bleeding after consummation, because people believe that she isn’t chaste, I felt the need to throw some light on the issue. Thus, I decided to make a movie about it.
What message do you want to give through this movie?
Ananya: I believe that we are inherently good, but are blinded when we sense change or are put outside of our comfort zones. Rage, anger other destructive outcomes are merely means to express resistant to change. By illustrating the effects of ignorance, on the lives of innocent people, I urge the audience, to question the basis of knowledge and our interpretation of it, in general.
Is kadivalam based on a real incident?
Ananya: The movie isn’t based on one particular incident but yes, it has been inspired by various real life events, which have occurred across the country.
Tell us more about the film’s title?
Ananya: “Kadivalam” is a Tamil word that stands for the blinds tied to a horse, to limit its field of view, and hence, make it run in the direction the rider wants it to.
Where is the film set? In which times?
Ananya: The plot is set in present day, rural Tamil Nadu. The village, in question is a slightly remote place with plantations and canals dominating its landscape. The lanes are narrow, houses are “semi-pakka” and in the center is a large tree, under which the village panchayat “solves” village issues and the villagers’ problems. The zamindar resides in a large bungalow, which also happens to be the venue of his son’s wedding. Parvati’s family, lives in the same village, a little away.
What is the Culture and general mindset of the people in the film?
Ananya: The village is pre-dominantly a Hindu village. As with any other village, it has its own “local beliefs” too. The people are generally conservative and narrow minded. They are comfortable with what they already know and believe. Hence, they are threatened by change. Ignorance rules their lives, but they fail to see it as they are blinded by what they existing understanding of right and wrong.