There’s Gunpowder in the Air (Malayalam)It’s the early seventies. The Naxalbari Movement is gathering strength
in Bengal. Young men and women have left their homes, picked up
arms to free land from the clutches of feudal landlords and the state,
and return them to oppressed landless farmers. They are being arrested
en masse and thrown into high-security jails.
In one such jail, five Naxals are meticulously planning a jailbreak. They
must free themselves if the revolution is to continue. But petty thief
Bhagoban, much too happy to serve frequent terms for free food and
shelter, has been planted by Jailor Bireshwar Mukherjee among them
as a mole. Only, Bhagoban seems to be warming up to them.
There’s Gunpowder in the Air is a searing investigation into what
deprivation and isolation can do to human idealism. And Manoranjan
Byapari is perhaps the most refreshing voice to emerge from Bengal in