Richter Scale 7.6 (Malayalam, Roots Video/ Koode)
Starring Murugan Martin, Ashok Kumar Peringode
Directed by Jeeva KJ
Richter Scale 7.6 Review: The waves of raves are so predictable. In our country any cinema about poverty, powered and punctuated by long bouts of silence when nothing happens, gets the critics in a state of collective orgasm.
Alas, not every film about rural poverty is Pather Panchali. And needless to say, Jeeva KJ is no Satyajit Ray. The silences in this film are…how do we say it?…unbearably sultry. In Ray’s ather Panchali. the sounds of silence spoke to us in a language that needs no words. Here the silences do not speak. The shroud the caderverous plot in sheaths of disfigured distress.As if saving money on subtitles.
There are only two characters in a ramshackle but suspiciously neat hut(art director gets marks for the studied authenticity). The…