The same element that in its crude form is most unattractive is the same one that holds the highest value when refined. Human psychology is no different. The path from the crude to the refined is a formidable one, but ultimately worth it’s salt. However, sometimes it is the coal that outshines the diamond. What matters is what the heart yearns for, what it searches for.
‘Carbon’ is one such film. It is not your average film with a telescopic family plot, nor is it tailor-made to suit social or cultural obligations. The whole film can probably be summed up in a single sentence and bottled up for good… if all you are looking for is a cornerstone of visual art.
The quintessence of ‘Carbon’ lies in the intricate craft with which the characters were moulded to symbolise the various facets of life. Each actor has done justice to their roles, sending us back to the reels of our own past. It is notable that the portrayal of roles wasn’t overdone and was as natural as could be. The scenic places in the second half of the movie were a visual treat. The second half may be perceived as slightly lagging by many, but I felt that the heartstrings of the movie lay in this stretch, as we see the protagonist’s painful transformation as he gets nearer to his treasure. The treasure in itself could be symbolic. Tracing through the hallucinations ‘Siby’ goes through, the final treasure could simply mean that he has obtained ‘realisation’, or rather, he has finally found himself.
Also, for once, I felt extremely happy to note that the female lead in the movie was not sexualized to entertain the viewers. She was a prefect and wise companion to Siby, one who walked away when she had nothing more to contribute. If he had to find his calling, he had to to do it himself. Yet, her sharp senses was what finally led him to his destination.
In a sense, this is a director’s movie. It was the characters, and not the actors that made impact. This is not a movie that’ll have you applauding in exhilaration in the end. This is a movie, the true worth of which will take days to sink in. It is here where the title ‘Carbon’ attains it’s actual magnitude- either as the basic element of life, or as it’s reflection in various hues. It is a psychological gamble that will leave most of us scrambling for closure. But if you are ready to delve in deeper, then there’ll be something in it for each one of us.
– Nisha Prabhakar