Director: Anjali Menon
Koode is an adaptation of Marathi film Happy Journey. It is an exploration of human relationships, love and solitude that encompasses the lead characters. Koode revels on a heart-warming tale of brother-sister bonding and home-coming.
Joshua, a 15 year old, is sent to the Gulf region to work in an oil refinery to support his family. His father Aloshy finds it hard to make ends meet and Joshua's income help in bearing the medical expenses of his unhealthy baby sister, Jenny. One day, Joshua gets a phone call from his family conveying that his sister had died. Joshua has no sentiments attached neither to his family nor to his baby sister as he had invested his prime years toiling for his family and is indifferent to the death of even a close family member.
But, his homecoming changes for good. He sees his dead sister, Jenny, trying to help him in many ways to lead a life for himself. And only Joshua is capable of communicating and seeing his dead sister. She advises him not to worry about things and to enjoy life between the joy and pain, pressures and tragedy, as humans can live their life only once. She teaches him to explore life and all the adventures associated with it.
Jenny provokes Joshua to express his love for Sophie. Sophie is a divorcee who too is facing hostility from her own family members because of the rigid patriarchal structure that is prevalent in her family. Jenny tries to bring in sunshine to the life of Joshua and Jenny in every possible way.
With the words and support from Jenny, Joshua proposes Sophie and saves her from her hostile family. They get married. The end has Joshua and Sophie welcoming their baby and Jenny leaves her brother with the satisfaction of having helped him find the purpose of life.
Koode, albeit an experimental film, must be lauded for the novel portrayal of the emotional burden carried by different characters. Full credits to the awesome cast and the director for touching the heart of the audience through the vivid portrayal of human bonding. The songs and the visuals also contributed to the box office success of the movie.