KGF: At the local archive and local bar
Director: Janaki Nair; Cinematographer: R V Ramani
Duration: 00:13:11; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 39.750; Saturation: 0.321; Lightness: 0.286; Volume: 0.072; Cuts per Minute: 22.506; Words per Minute: 20.384
Summary: "Let them shoot, are we Veerappan?" - Man in bar
"Owing to the collapse of a pigstye set(sic), he fell 10 feet" - Record of Fatal and Serious Accidents
The video begins with shots of local newspaper cuttings. This is followed by a visit to the bar, where the men drinking there, find the entry of the filmmaker and cameraman amusing but are not interested in talking to them for long. Very often those who go down to the mines daily, drink excessively, to calm the irritation in their throats from inhaling the dust and particles down below. Many of the older workers caution against alcohol as a cure for a form of silicosis (Interview about mining conditions)
The moment of confusion and camaraderie in the bar is followed by shots of other archival documents. Some of these include the laws and regulations for miners and workers in India and newspaper articles.
Kolar Gold Field, Kolar District, Karnataka
(Snatches of Conversation)
Come hold your glass!
You also come and take a glass.
Deva, look there.
We speak Kannada also.
Will you drink? Drink.
They might catch us and take us, as if we're Veerappan.
Then we'll also go to the forest, like Veerappan.
What do we eat there, in the forest?
What's there in the forest?
(1st Man): Because I work in the underground, I come here daily to drink.
J. Nair: Noone is with you?
My friends are all here. Look he has come, this is him. (He was speaking about you all this time).
(2nd Man): What is this for?
(1st): Let them shoot, are we Veerappan?
(2nd): ... They don't have the power to control Veerappan, is all this necessary?
(1st): That kind of talk is unnecessary, why do we need to care? We come, we drink.
(2nd): Then why shold they come?
(1st): They've come, they are foreigners.
(2nd): They will sell us out.
Don't make me angry. (To Ramani: Why are you laughing? Don't laugh brother.
(1st): They're simply laughing.
(Ramani): Only because you called us foreigners.
J. Nair: How many years have you been working in the underground?
It's been 37 years.
J. Nair: You come and drink daily?
J. Nair: Is there enough money for that?
(Aside): They're asking for money.
"Record of Fatal and Serious Accidents" from the
Report of Chief Inspector of Mines and Explosives in Mysore, 1933-34. With statistics for the calendar Year, 1933
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