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INSIDE OUT (English Animation Film) and KILLA (Marathi Feature Film) - Similar themes but distinctive perspectives. (An overview by Bobby Sing)

20 Jul, 2015 | Movie Reviews / 2015 Releases / Articles on Cinema / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi)

Friends having personal experience would readily agree that one of the most difficult times around the years of adolescence begins when a child’s parents decide to shift to another town due to some personal or professional reasons opening many new chapters of life for every individual member of the family in just few days. There are unknown surroundings to adjust with, new people to deal, unexpected arrangements to handle and a new life style to be adapted as per the changed scenario. The sudden twist does bring its own shares of joy and pain for all simultaneously, but it’s actually the child who has to suffer the most in those tender years of growth joining a new school, meeting all stranger classmates and then making fresh friends, causing a substantial amount of change in his or her personal character.

Interestingly we had two widely acclaimed films released in the last few weeks coming from completely contrasting regions and mindsets, dealing with the same theme mentioned above tackled differently. And these two releases were INSIDE OUT, an English animation film made with a splendid idea and KILLA, an Indian Marathi feature film winning the National Award.

Now in both these films we have a young child of the family, finding himself/herself in an unfamiliar city, a new home, joining a new school with all unknown kids around to deal with. The feeling of loneliness is the only friend they find walking along as a constant companion and the stories revolve around how the kids fight with their own undisclosed trauma and how parents decide to go back instead of continuing with the difficulties faced in the new city. Here though the movies remain completely different products on creative grounds made with entirely unrelated visions, it’s the interconnection of expressing the same scenario from two different perspectives that gave me the idea of writing this particular piece.

In the animation film INSIDE OUT we have an 11 years old spirited girl Riley and in KILLA we have an 11 years old thinking boy Chinmay (Archit Deodhar), both finding there adorable little world being crushed to pieces as their families decide to permanently move to a new town.
But from here on, where INSIDE OUT follows a highly novel and courageous idea of taking you into the brain of the little girl (with an outstanding animation), showing how the mind-mechanism works with the five major emotions as Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness (the five speaking characters), KILLA shows you the same feelings expressed from the outside in the real world through the talented boy’s impressive act and facial expressions. So where the English film innovatively interprets the subject from the ‘Inside’, the Marathi movie beautifully interprets the theme from the ‘outside’ in a realistic mode.
Killa - MarathiAs a magnificent take on the fictional conversations between the five emotions, INSIDE OUT displays an exceptional understanding of how ‘brain-mechanism’ probably works dealing with the past and the present memories stored suitably, whereas KILLA takes you onto an emotional journey of the child with an eye catching cinematography capturing many striking natural locations also dealing with the corruption faced by the mother in her new office.
Humour remains a key element in both the movies with a splendid effort by the kids in KILLA led by Parth Bhalerao (of BHOOTNATH RETURNS fame) and an imaginary character of Bing Bong in INSIDE OUT. Incidentally, where the fictional characters of the English animation marvel move into a big theme park called Imagination Land manufacturing dreams like a huge factory, the Marathi film takes you into a real Killa (a deserted fort) where Chinmay encounters fear as never before left all alone by his friends unintentionally. 
Specifically talking about the five emotions working inside Riley’s brain, the western writers-filmmakers actually come up with the names as Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness since the west doesn’t have or follow the traditional Indian concept of ‘Five Vikaars’ as ‘Kaam (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (Greed), Moh (Attachment) and Ahankaar (Ego)’. Still the presented western analysis comes quite close to the Indian thought and the number ‘Five’ also conveys the visualization following exactly the same path as guided by the ancient Indian scriptures.
Concluding the write-up, it unarguably requires a special kind of understanding, emotional depth and a fine study of human psychology to conceive a film like INSIDE OUT that’s not exactly for the kids despite being an animation film. And for this splendid effort director Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen and their team of insightful writers certainly deserve a big round of applause from every true lover of cinema in the world over.
However, KILLA too remains a sweet, entertaining film that has been shot well and thoughtfully directed by Avinash Arun with some great performances extracted from the talented kids that straight away remind you of ‘Swami and friends in Malgudi Days’ created by R. K. Narayan.
So if you wish to experience how the two films tackle the same subject from their own distinctive perspectives of ‘going inside the mind’ and ‘remaining outside in the real world’ quite impressively, then do watch both INSIDE OUT and KILLA as a must and just cherish the way the world is looked upon by two innocent kids struggling with their unexpected ‘change in life’.


Tags : Inside Out Animation film, Killa Marathi Film, Natonal Award Winning Marathi Film, Similarities in Film concepts, Ariticles on Cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Swami and Malgudi Days, Avinash Arun
20 Jul 2015 / Comment ( 2 )

Hi Sir,

Hope you are doing well.. Watched this gem (Inside Out) and was really overwhelmed. Hats off to the entire creative team of Inside Out..

However what really makes me happy is seeing the regional (specially Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali; - not sure about the rest) film industries coming up with such great projects.. But the sad part is we often don\'t get chance to watch these films in other parts of our country.. I am still waiting for dvd release of Court or Papanasam(I have been a Drishyam fan for long and can\'t wait to see Kamal Sir back in a "normal" role ).. 

Bobby Sing

Hi Avik,
Great to know that you loved watching INSIDE OUT as it indeed is a film to be praised for his basic innovative idea and treatment loudly.
And yes its indeed sad that our regional classics don't get released in other parts of the country basically due to lack of awareness, willingness and understanding of appreciating the precious gems.

But do keep track of their DVD releases and keep it going as always.

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