Vijay Sethupathi’s ‘Laabam’ to perpetuate ignorance in farmers’ name?

A lot of movies have perpetuated misguided thinking in the name of farmers. From big films to small films, they all speak for farmers without properly addressing the stubborn problems plaguing the agriculture sector. They don’t understand policies like MSPs and pit industrialization against farming. 

‘Laabam’, which will hit the cinemas in Telugu and Tamil on September 9, seems to be doing just that. Going by its trailer, Vijay Sethupathi’s character questions the corporatization of agriculture in an emotional manner. 

Directed by SP Jaganathan, the film is coming out at a time when the three Farm Bills passed by the Indian Parliament have courted controversy across the country. Our films train their guns on corporate profits rather than worry about how to make agriculture profitable. One hopes ‘Laabam’ is more than what its mediocre trailer is about.

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