The film Joker has been garnering attention right from the time news first broke about it being made.
Interestingly, the film, despite having no popular stars, has caught the attention of the masses, many of whom are still in the dark as to what it is is all about.
Raju Murugan, who shot to limelight with his first film Cuckoo, is the director of this movie, which sources say takes potshots at not just society but also the political system in the country.
When Southscope got in touch with director Raju Murugan to know more about the film, he said, “Joker is the result of stories which I have taken from people whom I’ve met during my life’s long journey. It is about what happens when a person gets disturbed by the system. I met one such person and I have taken this story from him. Along with this story, there are several other issues that have been discussed. For instance, when I travelled to Dharmapuri, I was appalled by the way the existing system uses its individuals. For instance, political parties, even today, get people to congregate for speeches by paying them money. The poor are treated like slaves. Such incidents are even more rampant in places like Dharmapuri. Such incidents influenced my thought process which has resulted in this film called Joker.”
The title of the film has been designed in such a way that it shows a balance, the scales of which are not even. Does this symbolise anything in particular? “It is an indication of the how some sections are below and the others are on top in society. It is an indication of the highs and lows prevalant in society.”
Considering the fact that not many film directors have mustered the courage to comment and criticise the political system of the country, has he been able to make a film that he originally envisaged? Says the director, ” I usually write my scripts in exactly the same way I interact with people. It is then that I make an attempt to convert it for the big screen. This is while scripting. After scripting, you know the difficulties that are present in transferrring a script on to the screen. But despite all these difficulties, I believe this film has shaped up in a manner that I want.”
It is clear that he wants his film to make an impact on society. But what kind of impact does he exactly have in mind? Says the director, “I am hoping for certain changes. If after watching my film, a viewer changes his stand from being a person who is Okay with anything to becoming a person who believes that even he too should take an active part in programmes concerning society and the political process, then that will make me happy. Also, this film will also deal with the way we approach the small wishes that women have.”