Sunday, January 20, 2008

Movie Review - Pirivom Sandhipom

Was this really a movie? I felt it was an affected and boring presentation of a family story that has unbelievably nice people, and the story of a lonely person doing nothing about her state... in the second half.

Have you guys watched this movie "Mitr"? It is about Shobana, settled in the Silicon valley with her busy husband, and she has a serious mid-life crisis. She feels out of place, mentally, because of the generation and cultural gap with her daughter and her neighbors in general. And guess what? She DOES something about it. She goes online and tries to make friends... She tries to confront a few people who are not doing things her way, and on the whole, at least attempts at being adventurous.

This movie has someone in a similar situation. Sneha, in a town with not too many people in it, but she is not emotionally isolated. She has a couple of friends who are pretty much in the same situation, and there is no cultural alienation also. But what does she do ? She goes into her shell... and takes everything with a smiling face (which comes easy to Sneha...). Even during the movie, there could be ever so many solutions to the problem she has... it is not like her family lives 24 away hours by air... She could gone back for a quick visit. She could have invited a few of the 'huge' family over for one of the festivals... I mean... if she could not think of anything to cure herself of her boredom, what is the use of a Master's education? Logic aside, the movie was a plain bore. Frankly, in my opinion, this is at best a short story, that could be covered in 30 minutes. Does not warrant a full length picture.

Talking about the positives, the movie had good comedy, with the characters themselves trying to be light hearted. Also, a lot of Tamil movie cliches were consciously removed. That was refreshing. For eg:, when Cheran and Sneha take the Goa trip, any other movie would have had a song in Goa of the scenic beauty and these two guys watching people race around on speed boats... This movie (maybe because of the cost too) did not have anything of that sort. My view is a bit contradictory in that, even though only the absolute 'necessary' was narrated, the movie gave the feeling that the director is trying to bore you, so that you understand what Sneha feels. Even boredom could be narrated in an interesting way... just a 2 - 3 incidents could tell what 30 minutes of narration does.

I would suggest Cheran (and the director of the movie) watch this movie called "Flavors", which had a housewife in a similar situation in New Jersey. Just one scene of her, repeatedly adjusting a pebble arrangement on her tea-poy narrated what Cheran achieved in over one hour.

PS is a nice movie, clean (something that is called 'courageous' nowadays), and has a lot of local and natural flavour to it. At times the actions and words of the people were artificial, but those are small problems, and there is no doubt this movie could be enjoyed at home with a plate of....

5 comments:

Migrating Thoughts - Ramblings of a Mind said...

SP and I were curious about he whole chettiar thing in the movie.. so we watched it. I liked the 1st 45 mins of the movie. It was a drag after that..

Migrating Thoughts - Ramblings of a Mind said...

SP and I were curious about he whole chettiar thing in the movie.. so we watched it. I liked the 1st 45 mins of the movie. It was a drag after that..

Kamala said...

Read the commenst above.... perhaps you have to be a bit more sensitive to appreciate the intricacies of the situation and also give allowance for poetic licence to accomodate with the exxagerations...

Anyways the truth is that depresssion is a serious problem for both men and women and it needs to be appreciated that we are tackling such issues that were never discussed earlier ...

Escape.... Great Escape said...

Yes.. I have watched other similar movies.. about how bored people fall into depression. This movie believed in boring you to make you understand how bored sneha felt...

I criticized the way it was presented.. not Sneha's feeling.. Thuogh i can enver really udnerstand why educated people feel bored.

S.Ganesh Kumar said...

Seri,read my take on T.V. serial names:
http://sganeshkumar.blogspot.com/2008/06/movie-titles-and-tv-serials.html