Thakarachenda - 2007
Thakarachenda takes us to a slum in Ernakulam, where the protagonist of the film, Chakrapani, a one-legged beggar lives. Also living in the slum is Latha, who has two children, and who survives by working as a maid in a house. Another woman Vasanthi too lives in the slum with her two children and a drunkard of a husband who is of no use to anybody and who keeps causing endless trouble to her and her children. The story of the film is woven around these characters.
The way the people of the slum drag on in life, the way their relationships fare, the way their right to subsistence and their dreams are trampled underfoot by those in power, the way people all around try to exploit them - all these are part of the plot. The story reaches its climax when the government takes steps to get rid of the slum in order to go on with developmental activities and the slum-dwellers find that they have nowhere to go. What happens then forms the rest of the plot.
Direction & Screenplay: Avira Rebecca