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Times of India
Abu is a renowned Yakashagana artiste in Mangaluru. He faces a crisis because of his religion, both on his personal and professional front. How does he overcome it?
Yakshagana is an intrinsic part of Mangalurean culture. Given the religious fanaticism in the area, it makes it hard for Islamic youngsters to pursue the art form. While staunch Islamic leaders find it blasphemous to apply paint and perform on stage, the Hindu fanatics believe the old mythological tales narrated by this form are best left to their folks. When a Muslim youngster pursues this art form and gains fame, it is a bittersweet success that he sees as he has to deal with a lot of prejudices. This is the tale narrated in this film.
The film is about Abu, a Yakshagana artiste. He has earned a good name in artistic circles, but his family and religious kin find his profession "haraam". He wants to send his mother to Mecca on the Haj pilgrimage and his community objects as this is through the money he has earned through his art. Meanwhile, a tragedy on the professional front brings obstacles in his life too.
The film has a sensitive story to narrate and can interest people who are curious about the socio-cultural milieu of Mangaluru, but the treatment and pace doesn't make it the most compelling watch. But for those interested in watching art for art's sake, this is worth a visit to the cinema halls.