Galimathu (Rumour) is a Kannada movie released in the year 1981. Gali means air and mathu is word. So Galimathu literally means words of air.

I watched this movie in a theatre with my mother. I was a teenager when I saw this movie. I had no prior idea about this movie before watching it.

Galimathu has actress Lakshmi in the lead role. You will all be familiar with her. What? No clue! She played the titular role in the hit Hindi movie Julie. Ah! now you know. 🙂 Side note: Julie also starred Sridevi as Lakshmi’s younger sister. It was Sridevi’s significant role in a Hindi movie.

Lakshmi is a very popular south Indian movie actor who has acted in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada movies. She has won many awards for her various performances. Her jodi with Kannada actor Ananth Nag was a superhit combination. Together they starred in many successful movies.

Galimathu, however has actor Jai Jagdeesh as the main lead.

This movie is based on a novel of the same name by Sahitya Academy winner Kannada novelist Ta.Ra.Su . Ta Ra Su was a celebrated Kannada novelist and scholar. He wrote many novels that were made into award winning Kannada movies. His stories dealt with social issues. Some of them are, Chandanada Gombe, Masanada hoovu, Akasmika, Nagarahaavu, Chandavalliya tota. All these movies are quite iconic for the Kannada movie industry. It is sometimes sad how there are such gems in regional films that fail to reach larger audiences.

Galimathu deals with the horrors that rumours can wreck on lives.

As far as I remember the story, Lakshmi plays a extremely shy girl who joins a college for higher studies. She is introverted and finds making friends difficult. Coupled with that she also has (in my opinion) low self esteem. With great trepidation she makes a friend who is a girl in her class. There is a guy in college who likes her. But she is not aware. This friend of hers creates a rumour that they are together. This creates havoc in Lakshmi’s life. She is left broken when no one believes her that she has no idea about this guy. Her conservative family feels ashamed by her supposed actions. She is unable to convince anyone of her innocence. She is so broken that in the end she commits suicide. It is after her death that her friend confesses to starting this rumour to her family, but by then it is too late.

This story moved me at lot. I still remember how I felt after coming out of the theatre. It was the first time that I had experienced the power of words. Even little lies that we may speak may really affect another’s life. I discussed this with my mother later. She said that we must always choose our words carefully and make sure to tell the truth always. Then she said that if she (protagonist) had just shared her trauma with someone else maybe she could have been saved. I then realised how having a trustworthy person in one’s life is so important.

Words are so powerful. They can give peace, encouragement, love, confidence and reassurance to the listener. But words of disdain, anger, taunts, or falsehoods, spoken, even in jest or malice, will destroy the listener’s self worth in more ways than one.

There is a saying in Sanskrit,

सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयात् , न ब्रूयात् सत्यम् अप्रियम् ।
प्रियं च नानृतम् ब्रूयात् , एष धर्मः सनातन: ॥

Which means:

Tell only the truth. But if the truth is bitter, refrain from saying it.

But never lie even if it is sweet.

That is the Dharma.

The A2Z challenge 2019 is going to be all the movies that have left an impact on me someway or the other. Some have made me think. Some that I like a lot, some that I really hated. But all of them have left a memory behind which makes the movie more special than the rest. They may not be all classics or iconic but they are close to my heart.

A is for Andhadhun

B is for Bazaar

C is for Conan, the Barbarian

D is for Dushman

E is for Enter the Dragon

F is for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them