"If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it,” wrote William Shakespeare, the famous English Playwright centuries ago.
Today music continues to haunt our emotions.
In the movie “A Jasmine for a Gardener,” Indian music of yesteryear arouses the inner feelings and captivates its viewers.
Produced by veteran Guyanese actor Mahadeo Shivraj and writer Churaumanie Bissundya, the production dwells on the familiar question of whether wealth assures happiness.
It was in search of true happiness that led Neetu to return to Guyana after becoming fed up with medical studies in the US.
In this tropical paradise of South Americashe ventured to experience the garden of nature only to be attacked viciously by a hooligan. Just in time to save her was the gardener (Mahadeo Shivraj) who had his own dream of love and a fascination with music.
Grateful for saving her life, Neetu presented the gardener with a Jasmin, a flower known for its fragrance. As fate would have it, she fell in love with his ideals. But it was not yet a happy life thereafter. The gardener himself had his own problems. He could not marry her for reasons he would not reveal. Nevertheless, he played along, fanning her love and even helping Neetu’s sister (Sushma ) to cope with a depressing relationship with his melodious songs.
However Neetu must overcome a serious hurdle with her father who was determined to marry her to the rich Govind. It was at this point that the plot thickens as Govind was not only involved in drugs but had raped Sushma a while back.
It is a truly romantic tale in which Neetu, the runaway bride returned to meet her gardener lover .
“A Jasmine for a Gardener” takes us on a rich cultural journey.
It reveals both a clash between traditional and modern values and the deep inner conflict of Indian women in search of true happiness.