‘Painting Life’ is an Indian movie directed by Bijukumar Damodaran. It is a simple movie which involves the exploration of a beautiful hilly village. Prakash Bare has performed the lead role. It is Bijukumar Damodaran’s first English movie.
The plot of the movie involves a successful Bollywood filmmaker who sets out to a remote Himalayan village with his crew to shoot a song for his film. Unfortunately, they get stranded there for days due to heavy rain and landslides. Being isolated in the region without electricity and communication facilities, they are forced to wait until everything becomes normal. The filmmaker’s meeting with another couple staying near them marks the transformation in the movie. The lady in the guesthouse becomes a motivation in the filmmaker’s life to explore the deeper meanings in life.
Most part of the movie involves the exploration of the village. It gives more importance to the scenic beauty of the place. The lady changes the filmmaker’s thoughts about life and also his profession. Their journey to a Buddhist monastery, their discussions about films and social responsibility give him perspectives he never had. She teaches him that art is not just about attaining commercial success, but also about striving for a social cause.
The movie is also about living life more meaningfully and enjoying each experience. It follows the usual path of the films in which the arrival of a lady changes the overall nature of the hero and he becomes a new person. In that sense, the movie offers nothing new and it is just a good watch.
Geetanjali Thapa has played the role of the lady in the guesthouse. Interestingly, the movie doesn't’t give any significance for the names of hero and heroine. They never ask each other’s names, except in the final scene in which her husband calls her Alice. Prakash Bare has performed well in the movie but he fails to make the experience memorable. Geetanjali’s breezy presence was something which made it moving. Shankar Ramakrishnan has done a notable role and Meera Vasudevan has a guest appearance.
The film also portrays the relationship between a husband and wife. It shows broken relationships and also ways of sustaining the bond. The main thing which the director intended to convey is delivered through one of its dialogues, ‘Every journey conceals a surprise’.