“My movie has a social message which will help people understand the importance of preservation of our ethnicity”
says Sjivadhwaj. The movie also displays the ill treatment meted out to the Bootha kola performers who face seasonal unemployment and are looked down upon by the upper class.
“My grandfather used to organise the Bootha Kola ritual and hence this issue certainly is close to my heart; I have directed the movie taking into account my personal experiences with the ritual. Also through this, I believe, that the government and the locals can help this community in any way they can,” added Shetty. This project was made taking into consideration the current scenario of the dying folk culture and it truly is a jewel in the Tulu Film Industry’s crown.
Gaggara is also the first Tulu movie to be screened at IFFI, the Goa film festival.