A group of worker ants laboriously carry off a dead lizard. In the background, a sombre music plays. As the credits come to an end, the little tableau exits the frame. This is how cinematographer Venu's directorial debut film, 'Munnariyippu' begins.
How old are you? is not an extraordinary movie. Perhaps, the most extraordinary thing about it is the fact that it is the gifted actress, Manju Warriers comeback vehicle after a decade and a half of domestic exile. The people of Kerala had been keenly looking forward to seeing Manju on screen again especially as news of the separation between the actress and her actor-producer husband, Dilip, became public.
The world as we know it is becoming increasingly polarized by the day - in religious, economic, ethnic and political terms. But the most significant polarization - globally- is happening in the economic sphere between the haves and the have-nots, as wealth becomes concentrated in the hands of a privileged few while the majority struggle to make ends meet.
There is a poignant scene in the Malayalam movie, Thira, when Naveen (Dhyan Sreenivasan) asks Dr. Rohini Pranab, a cardiac surgeon who also runs 'Arpana', an NGO for trafficked children, Why do you do these things? He is referring to her war against child trafficking. His own sister has been kidnapped before his very eyes and circumstances bring the two together to save the people they hold dear from those who hold them hostage.