December-1

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December-1
December-1 Kannad Movie.jpg
Directed by P. Sheshadri
Produced by Basantkumar Patil
Written by P. Sheshadri
Starring Niveditha
Santosh Uppina
H. G. Dattatreya
Music by V. Manohar
Cinematography Ashok V. Raman
Edited by B. S. Kemparaju
Release dates
  • 25 April 2014 (2014-04-25)
Running time 98 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

December-1 (Kannada: ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್-1) is a 2014 Indian Kannada film written and directed by P. Sheshadri starring Niveditha, Santosh Uppina and H. G. Dattatreya in lead roles.

The film won two National Film Awards at the 61st National Film Awards - Best Feature Film in Kannada and Best Screenplay (P. Sheshadri)[1]

Plot[edit]

Basupura is a tiny village where Madevappa works here in a flour mill, and his wife Devakka makes rotis and sells in nearby towns. A school-going son, a daughter still in cradle and Madevappa's aged mother are the others in the family. It is a hand-to-mouth existence; but they have got used to it, with their own small pleasures and distant dreams.

The whole village is getting geared up for the Chief Minister (CM)'s visit on 1st December. CM's officially scheduled overnight stay in Madevappa's house naturally gives Madevappa & family extra attention from all quarters giving them the feeling of a higher status and a brighter future. They look forward to the event with all the zeal and enthusiasm.

CM's visit goes on well with a grand welcome, dinner with Madevappa, Photo Shoots, Press Meets, discussions with local leaders etc. Madevappa & family are over-whelmed by the proceedings, but hardly get to interact with the CM. Instead, they face embarrassing moments feeling as though they are outsiders in their own house.

Wide media coverage highlights CM’s exhortations on the need for humanitarian approach in dealing with people suffering from serious health setbacks. Though well intended it creates difficulties to Madevappa and family driving them to despair.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

December-1 opened to positive response from critics upon its theatrical release. G. S. Kumar of The Times of India gave the film a rating of four out of five and wrote, "The script has elements of tension, suspense, sarcasm and humour. Kudos to Sheshadri for the excellent narration that keeps the film moving at a fast pace." and praised the roles of acting, cinematography, music and costume designing departments in the film.[2] A. Sharadhaa of The New Indian Express wrote, "Crisp and witty dialogues, great performances, a pithy screenplay, edgy camerawork...nothing has gone wrong with the film, which is about a family of a struggling husband, an enterprising wife, their two children and a grandmother." and concluded writing, "Despite being an artistic film, December 1 has great potential to do well commercially."[3] Shyam Prasad S. of the Bangalore Mirror wrote of the film, "... December 1 is an art film that has the best potential for commercial success among all such films in recent years. The director brings to life a telling presentation of a village family destroyed by a political gimmick." and concluded writing, "There is nothing legally wrong in what the CM and the media did in the film. But if the film sends the wrong message to the intended audience, it makes for a bad postscript for December 1."[4] [5]

Awards[edit]

61st National Film Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "61st National Film Awards For 2013". Directorate of Film Festivals. April 16, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "December 1 review". The Times of India. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "An Artistic Film with Commercial Potential". The New Indian Express. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Film Review: December 1". Bangalore Mirror. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Film Review by Khalid Mohammed : December 1". MadAboutMoviez.com. 

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