Language: Kannada (English/Bengali synopsis will be provided)
Drama: Rabindranath Tagore
Direction: Akshara K. V.
Synopsis: Babugiri is a combination of two short stories ¬– The Babus of Naynjore and My Lord, The Baby.
The Babus of Naynjore is a story of nostalgia. For the protagonist Kailash Babu, Babuhood is only as real as his memories get. Even as his Babuhood in the physical world has disintegrated, he holds on to it by reliving stories of past glory and through people who were part of his bygone world. His virtual reality is a sure source of fun for his neighbours, however, through their sympathetic participation in his constructed world, they contribute to his Babuhood. There is one neighbour who attempts to puncture this imagination, but that again is an attempt to create a Babuhood for himself. Kailash Babu’s grand daughter who is a witness to this “conflict of Babuhoods” becomes the emotional bridge.
My Lord, The Baby, on the other hand is a more dramatic story. A child from the Babu family drowns, and the servant of this family who they believe is responsible for the tragedy, brings up his own child in the typical Babu fashion. He takes his boy to the family, and presents him to them saying it’s the child they lost. This story takes the construction of Babuhood to a different level; the Babu’s physical reality is an imagined one, a constructed Babuhood.
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