DR. JAISYMOL AUGUSTINE
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPT OF MALAYALAM
ASSUMPTION COLLEGE, CHANGANACHERRY
Their hands are stretched towards her…! An unpermitted transgression…. Ever, everyday she is victimized. Her name may be Faisa or Nelly or Seba. Whatever be the name, what she is subjected to is transgression, harassment, torture and persecution.
Cairo 678 is a movie based on certain real-life incidents. Though the movie was produced in 2010, the theme dealt with in it cannot lose its novelty and become outmoded in the near future. The movie is the debut by Mohammed Diab, the Egyptian Director. Cairo 678 maintains a rhythm from the beginning to end which can reach precisely the minds of spectators through the portrayal of intense passionate experiences. The Director has taken pains not to cause a break in rhythm by installing speed locks on this journey of visual experience, which has bagged several International Awards.
The Plot structure of this movie is carried forward by three different women belonging to the same place. The narrative style of Cairo – 678 is slightly different from the beaten path of the women- centered movies. The physical environment, economic status and the creeds of these three characters are totally different. The Director has employed the non- linear narrative style to portray the flow of their life which never has the possibility of convergence. But, before getting acquainted, they meet as an irony on several occasions. At last, all the three and their tragic experiences converge. From there on the movie acquires a linear narrative style.
Faisa – She moves with her body covered fully. Doesn’t have much money, yet she calls a taxi. Journey in a bus is a terror for her. In public transport bus it happens always… In the audacity prompted by the rush in the bus, a hand will move to her body. ‘He’ without a definite face, is ever present in the rush. A hyena ever probing for response less corpses. She too was equivalent to a corpse in responding. That’s why she was prompted to travel in taxi. A home maker striving for the daily bread cannot afford taxi trips always.