If the coronavirus pandemic was not enough for India to deal with, then the locust invasion is creating havoc in North India. Our TV screens are flooded with images of how locusts have invaded cities in Rajasthan and Gujarat. It seems they have destroyed more than 50,000 hectares of fields with crops and the government is trying to tackle it in the best possible manner. Pesticide spraying is the most popular method. This film has brought the spotlight back on the Tamil film, Kaappaan. It had Suriya and Mohanlal in lead roles. The central theme of the movie was a terrible locust attack. Meme makers have flooded the Internet with memes of how filmmaker KV Anand had already predicted the situation much before all of us.
He told India Today, "I am getting so many calls and messages appreciating me for making a film on locust attacks. But I feel bad. I can't really be happy about it. Locust invasion can cause massive destruction to the country, and we have to take all possible measures to stop them from multiplying." He said that while people acknowledged the issue, it is nothing to be happy about. The filmmaker narrated an incident when he was hunting for locations in Madagascar, Africa. He told the publication, "I visited Madagascar nine years ago for the pre-production work on Suriya's Maattrraan. I was on location-scouting. While I was travelling in a car with my team, I saw thousands of locusts approaching us. It became difficult for us to drive and we had to stop for hours for it to get cleared. That's when I inquired about them to a local resident there and gathered a lot of details. Later, I incorporated the idea in my film Kaappaan."
It seems he did extensive research on locust invasion before he made Kaappaan. He says they have a reference in the Bible and Quran as well. The filmmaker says that dead locusts attract rats and can lead to illnesses. Mumbai had seen a bad locust attack in 1903. He said, "History will always repeat. We have to act fast and control it." He is also aware of the method to control the spread of locusts. He said, "The process involves rearing large quantities of sterilised males, and then releasing them to mate with females. They will not produce off-springs and it might eventually reduce its growth. This technique is widely used for reducing the population of mosquitos." People loved Suriya's stylish look in the film.
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