WHAT IS THE COLOR OF FEAR?

ON OCTOBER 27, 2016 BY VIDYA CHATHOTHIN ART, INDIAN LIFESCAPES, SOCIAL ISSUES

With the practised strokes of an artist, he adds final touches to the mural. The mural is of a fiery-eyed, bloodthirsty demon.
‘The car is gone’, speaks a voice at his doorstep.
He turns around. It is his neighbour, an adolescent girl whose eyes are still that of a child. She peers at him, terrified of something she has witnessed.
‘When I see that man, I am terrified’, she says. There is the inexplicable fear of the unknown in her words. The abrupt exposure to a world that the child doesn’t understand, but that her instincts mark as ‘dangerous’.
Sadayam was a film that I was never comfortable watching. I was in school then, and I remember it as a rather disturbing film that left me feeling weak, turbulent and helpless-

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