The Indian Express dated 28-8-2002

Documentary with unique star cast raises a few thoughts for city’s Pourakarmika - 12 Minutes on the road to cleaner Bangalore 


Bangalore City Corporation Pourakarmika collecting garbage in JP Nagar might not be the most dramatic opening sequence in a film. But it works in GS Bhaskar’s Nagara Nyrmalya a Kannada short film on solid waste management.

About 12 minutes long, the film could just be what Bangaloreans need to understand community participation in waste management. And not the least because it evades a typical documentary approach. It is centers around the character of Santhimmi, who chronicles a day in the life of a Pourakarmika. “The film also focuses on the community’s role in waste management,” says Leo Saldanha from Environment Support Group (ESG) an NGO that researched for the film.

The unique cast of Nagara Nyrmalya is also a winner with noted artistes like Ramesh  Aravind, Anna Ramesh, and Vyshali Kasaravalli wife of filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli facing   the camera.

           “The actors didn’t charge anything, they did the film voluntarily,” adds Saldanha. The film succeeds in depicting urban attitudes towards waste disposal, best summed up by a 12-year old character, who says: “After all, waste is waste.”

            With modest visuals, tight editing and a tighter budget, the film goes about tackling the attitude problem, elaborating on simple methods like segregation of waste matter. While being a hazard to nature, the role of waste as a source of manure is also brought up.

           All in all, Nagara Nyrmalya - a Grassroots media and ESG production –keeps it short and simple. ESG estimates that thanks to local cable networks like ICE TV and Siti Cable, about half

of Bangalore’s population might have been able to see the film. “We are now trying to get it on Doordarshan,” says Saldanha.

          But the NGO’s efforts have been in vain so far, even as they knock at the doors of Bangalore mayor K.Chandrashekar and BCC commissioner M.R. SreenivasMurthy for a wider screening of the film.

          Quite strange, when you consider that the film is the product of collaboration with the BCC and the department of Forests, Environment and Ecology.