Movie Review: Lucia (2013)

Susanto Sen By Susanto Sen, 8th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Movies of Sandalwood are often romantic dramas and action thrillers. And now, there has been a herald of science fiction. Just that, pushing the science of medical science in the backdrop, this has become more of a psychological fiction than a science fiction. And to expel the sophistication of this genre, there are supplements of entertainment such as songs, dance and even comedy. Perhaps, even without them, Lucia (2013) is a great captivator.

Sandalwood Too Can Make An Inception!

Sometimes, an expectation veers into a surprise and this surprise becomes revolutionary. Lucia (2013) is a kind which breaks a convention of the typical Sandalwood cinema in most of its aspects. Although there is song and dance, the pursuit of an underworld don, romance of a hero and heroine, the movie is still different. Hooliganism is purged, maturity is instilled, yet the flavour of Sandalwood is sustained. This is a revelation in that even a commercial Kannada movie can be a philosophical and artistic masterpiece. The beginning starts with the end and the sequence from the start to the end is entwined with alternating links of real and unreal events. The mystery of it all is in the realisation of what is real and what is unreal. The differentiation between the real and the unreal is made confounding with Lucia, a pill for Lucid dreaming. Lucia conjures the ideal dream, which the dreamer controls when he writes down all that he has dreamed. This entanglement of the dream and real life is funny at the start and startles by the end. At times, the story tricks into making the mature ideas seem as light-hearted antics. Eventually, all the funny intent is lost into a serious climax in terms of story and social concern. The lessons about drug addiction, euthanasia, poverty, and the inordinate value of English in the society are all intriguing. The spoof against advertising also bears social implications.

Lucia sounds English and thus, even the make of Lucia has coincidentally become like that of an English movie. The idea of Lucia can be conceived to be an amalgamation of at least two Hollywood movies Inception and Limitless although the Kannada Lucia has its own originality. The sophistication of Lucia is varied from the Hollywood movies in many terms. The complexity in the story attained by moving back and forth in time delivers an intellectually unique perspective which may not have been seen before. The making of particular scenes in retro colours eases comprehension. Unlike in a Hollywood film, there is comic relief which sustains the flavour of a Kannada film. The comedy is subtle and colloquial that sounds funny when not translated. For instance, the protagonist is employed as a guide with a torch who leads people to their seats in a theatre. Instead of calling himself a guide, he prefers the designation ‘battery dispeller’ (Battery Bidhodu) which makes him sound like an ignoramus. The funny parts don’t just end in the colloquial expressions, but they also extend in the palindromic songs that sound like a rustic bard singing in an urban backdrop. The catchy lyrics induce anyone into hymning in tune. There is also the spoof of a renowned Kannada actor Ganesh depicted in a light-hearted manner. The first part is profuse with many such rib-tickling moments. In all this, the manner of clothing makes us realise the difference between the jocular and the grim, the poor and the affluent. The slighter use of Telugu, Tamil and English gives humour a universal tongue.

On a serious note, human psychology gets furtively depicted in the belittling of menial jobs like those of vegetable vendors, security guards, waiters and janitors. But to counter it, an affluent film star looks at the other side to be greener and his desire for the lowly vocations makes him an exemplar. The movie exemplifies the coexistence of antagonistic sentiments like humour and graver concerns. Considering that the movie is made by relative newcomers, the story and the presentation are commendably outstanding. In its conclusion, we realise that it is not always that a colourful dream is ideal or a bland dream unpleasant.


Bangalore, Kannada, Lucia, Lucid Dreaming, Pawan Kumar, Sandalwood

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As a bibliophile, I love to collect non-fiction books, My non-fiction interests are mainly philosophy, spirituality, and some bit of statistics. Other interests are movies and television media.

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