Synopsis of Candy House
-By Yeshaswini DesaigoudarIn the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel, the two children stumble upon a house made of cakes and candies. Little do they realize that this delightfully sweet surface is an illusion: inside lives a witch whose chief pleasure is to eat children.Though Hansel and Gretel belongs to German folklore, this fairy tale, like all fairy tales, carries universal significance. Our film evinces just this fact in two ways: A shadow puppet play which begins the film transforms Hansel and Gretel into a Kannada fairy tale and throughout the rest of the film, by means of voice-over, the major elements of Hansel and Gretel resurface. These elements are interpreted in ways that make them relevant to present-day life, specifically in rural and urban Karnataka.Ganga (Putti) is eleven. She lives with her little brother and parents, who are landless farm laborers, in a small village in south India. A drought takes away her parents’ livelihood and threatens the family with starvation. The parents remain hopeful and persist in finding employment. But, in a bitterly ironic turn of events, it is Putti who is wanted as a maid by an urban, middle-class family. They offer a good salary and promise to look after her like their own daughter. Having to make the impossible choice between starving and living off their child, Putti’s parents convince themselves that the urban family’s promise is sincere. Putti thus becomes one of millions of child laborers in India.Through Putti’s interactions with the people who surround her, and their interactions with each other, the film explores the notion that candy houses are essential parts of life and society. What happens when the candy melts?
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Mrs.Aarathi is a well known actress in Karnataka, India. She has acted as a lead actress in more than 100 films. “Candy House / Mitaye Mane” is her Directorial Debut.
Candy House has received Best Film Award in the state of Karnataka (India) & was selected for the Golden Elephant - 14.