Sanskrit is India’s ancient language. Some of the world’s finest literary masterpieces have been written in this language. But in spite of being at the heart of India’s core culture, Sanskrit is largely ignored by the masses and by extension by the creators of mass entertainment. This is the reason why we have just a handful of Sanskrit films – you can literally count them on your fingertips!
You’d be shocked to know that the first Sanskrit film ever made in India was the 1983 film ‘Adi Shankaracharya’, which remains the most popular to date having won the National Award in four categories including Best Film.
Since then there have been only about three more films in the language.
So it is indeed a delight to note that the world’s first Sanskrit film in 3D is grabbing eyeballs at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017.
‘Anurakthi’ has been directed by Asokan P.K. Made on a shoestring budget of just Rs.28 lakhs, the film revolves around a Punjabi danseuse who arrives in Kerala to learn the ancient dance form Koodiyattam from a master.
The story deals with the master’s son, who is in love with the danseuse, mistaking the relationship between his father and the student.
In an interview to The Hindu, Asokan had said that the film contains a Koodiyattom performance and also features noted Koodiyattom artiste Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri.
The 80-minute film gives particular attention to the dance while finely balancing a modern-day story with the ancient language.
And there is also a song rendered completely in Sanskrit.
Vani Vasisth plays the lead role of the danseuse. Other major roles are played by Sri Hari, Bindu Jaya and Sivan Namboodri.