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A Slice of Sublime

June 28, 2022 | By

Ramendra Kumar is an ardent ‘guppy’ lover. Fascinated by 777 Charlie, the newly released Kannada film starring Rakshit Shetty and Charlie, Ramen pens a sweet review.

Rakshit Shetty and Charlie in 777 Charlie

Most Indian films today pay obeisance to the tried and tested formula of in-your-face violence, over the top vulgarity, clichéd plot, pathetic script and loud histrionics. In this ‘theatre’ of the absurd there sometimes appears a ‘slice’ of sublime. 777 Charlie is one such movie which is like a gentle zephyr in the Tsunami of crass entertainment.

It is an endearing tale of an enduring connect between a man and a guppy (I don’t like to use the word dog for a canine since it has become a term of abuse thanks to Dharmendra and his ilk – kutte tera khooon pee jaunga – so I call man’s best friend Grown up Puppy or Guppy).

book for pet lovers

Ramen has “ghost-written” The Canine Chronicles on behalf of his beloved guppy Aryan.

Directed by Kiranraj K with Rakshit Shetty in the lead, it is sure to appeal to you even if you are not a guppy lover. Dharma (Rakshit) a misanthrope is happy in his angst ridden existence when Charlie enters his life and turns it upside down. His transformation from a bitter, cynical individual to a sensitive, empathetic, selfless and yes, a capeless hero is what the narrative is all about.

Charlie, in the eponymous role, and Rakshit put up a stunning performance and their chemistry is sure to melt your heart. The rest of the characters do justice to their roles. The direction, cinematography, script, dialogues and music – every facet of the movie is brilliant. The bitter-sweet denouement is poignant and provides a perfect end to an almost perfect movie.

The only drawback in the film is that the second half is a tad too long. There is a rather long sequence of a dog show which could have been avoided.

To sum up 777 Charlie is a must-see film that restores once faith in a good, meaningful cinema which doesn’t stoop to conquer.

 

Also read some beautiful memoirs by Ramen on his guppy:

The God Of Beautiful Things
Aryan will always remain with us: in our hearts and minds and souls. I can’t find words to thank him for giving us myriad moments of pristine joy, unconditional love and a treasure trove of endearing memories.

Having His Way, Undisputed!
At the slightest opportunity he would slip into the bathroom or the tank in the garden, get thoroughly wet and then charge at everything and everyone in sight.Musings

The Canine Chronicles

By Ramendra Kumar
Available on Amazon India | Flipkart | Blue Pencil | Amazon.com

THE CANINE CHRONICLES

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is an award-winning writer, performance storyteller and inspirational speaker with 49 books. His writings have been translated into 32 languages and included in 26 textbooks and many anthologies in various countries. Ramen has written across all genres ranging from picture books to adult fiction, satire, poetry, travelogues, biographies and on issues related to parenting and relationships. His writings have been published by the major publishing houses in India. His books brought out by National Book Trust (NBT), India have notched up sales of more than 4.9 lakh copies in just one year. Ramen has been invited to several international literary festivals as well as Indian events such as Jaipur Litfest and seminars organised by Sahitya Akademi and IGNOU. The author has won a total of 41 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT) over the years, which is among the highest by any writer. Ramen was chosen as the ‘Author and Storyteller of the Year’ (2022), on ‘Talking Stories’, London, UK’s number one Radio Programme dedicated to the art of storytelling. He was nominated as a Jury Member for the Best Children’s Author Category of The Times of India’s ‘Women AutHer’ Awards, 2020. Ramen was also selected as a mentor for the Scholastic Writers Academy. An alumnus of the prestigious Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Ramen is an Engineer & an MBA. He and his inspiration, his wife Madhavi, were General Managers at SAIL, when they took Voluntary Retirement to pursue their respective passions. Their children are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an Instagram following of 296 K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his dad’s books. Ramen is now a Cancer warrior and an inspiration to many. His website is www.ramendra.in and he has a page devoted to him on Wikipedia.
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