Moggina Jade: A Kannada Movie About Tradition and Modernity
Moggina Jade is a 2008 Kannada movie directed by P.R. Ramadas Naidu and starring Baby Shreesha, Master Anirudh, Pavitra Lokesh and Rajesh. The movie won the second best film award and the best director award at the Karnataka State Film Awards 2007-08. The movie explores the theme of tradition and modernity through the story of a young girl who loves to adorn her hair with flowers but faces rejection from her parents who are influenced by urbanization and outsourcing.
The movie revolves around Priya (Baby Shreesha), a schoolgirl who lives in a small town with her parents Rekha (Pavitra Lokesh) and Raghuram (Rajesh), who work as cyber employees for multinational companies. Priya loves to braid her hair with jasmine buds, which is a traditional way of beautifying oneself in Karnataka. She also likes to wear traditional clothes and jewellery. However, her parents are ashamed of her appearance and force her to cut her hair short and wear modern clothes. They also discourage her from playing with her friends who are from lower-class backgrounds.
Priya feels lonely and unhappy in her home and school, where she is bullied by her classmates for being different. She finds solace in a gypsy girl named Nagaratna (Master Anirudh), who also loves to braid her hair with flowers. Nagaratna teaches Priya how to make different kinds of flower garlands and tells her stories about their culture and history. Priya develops a bond with Nagaratna and dreams of becoming like her.
However, Priya's parents are unaware of her friendship with Nagaratna and plan to send her to a boarding school in Bangalore, where they think she will get a better education and exposure. They also decide to move to Bangalore themselves, as they get better job opportunities there. Priya is devastated by their decision and runs away from home with Nagaratna, hoping to find a place where she can be herself.
The movie follows Priya's journey as she faces various challenges and dangers in the outside world, while also discovering the beauty and richness of her own culture and identity. The movie also shows the contrast between the traditional and modern lifestyles of the people in Karnataka, and how they affect their relationships and values.
Moggina Jade is a movie that celebrates the diversity and heritage of Karnataka, while also highlighting the issues of globalization and urbanization that affect its people. The movie showcases the art and craft of flower making, which is a dying skill in the state. The movie also features some melodious songs composed by L Vaidyanathan, who passed away shortly after completing the music for the movie.
The movie also depicts the plight of the gypsy community, who are marginalized and discriminated by the mainstream society. Nagaratna and her family live in a makeshift tent near a railway track, where they face constant harassment and eviction threats from the authorities. They also struggle to make ends meet by selling flowers and performing street shows. Nagaratna's father is an alcoholic who beats her mother and brother. Nagaratna's mother is a strong woman who tries to protect her children and keep the family together.
Priya learns a lot from Nagaratna and her family, who despite their hardships, have a sense of joy and freedom in their lives. Priya also realizes that she has a lot in common with them, as they both belong to the same state and share the same culture and language. Priya admires Nagaratna's courage and confidence, and wishes to be like her.
However, Priya's parents are worried about her disappearance and launch a search for her. They also face pressure from their employers, who threaten to fire them if they do not return to work soon. Priya's parents realize that they have neglected their daughter's happiness and well-being for the sake of their careers and status. They also understand that they have lost touch with their own roots and values.
The movie reaches a climax when Priya and Nagaratna are caught by the police, who mistake them for beggars and thieves. Priya's parents arrive at the police station and recognize their daughter. They also meet Nagaratna and her family, and learn about their friendship. Priya's parents apologize to Priya for their mistakes and promise to love her as she is. They also thank Nagaratna and her family for taking care of Priya and teaching her many things. Priya's parents decide to quit their jobs and move back to their hometown, where they hope to start a new life with Priya.
The movie ends with a happy note, as Priya and Nagaratna hug each other and bid farewell. Priya gives Nagaratna a flower garland as a token of their friendship. Priya leaves with her parents, while Nagaratna waves at them with a smile. The movie shows that true happiness lies in being oneself and respecting one's culture and identity. ec8f644aee