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December 21, 2020 10:33:13 pm
Loosely translated, Paava Kadhaigal means sin tales. And it’s these ‘acts of sin’ that’s explored in Netflix’s new anthology Paava Kadhaigal. 4 acclaimed filmmakers attempt to decipher and interpret the loaded phrase. The purpose is just not whether or not they have succeeded or failed, however it’s in regards to the try. We all the time ask of our administrators and actors – ‘What else may they’ve given us throughout the format?’ And we provide you with so many prospects. A minimum of in Paava Kadhaigal, the makers are prepared to push the envelope in their very own small methods, and that needs to be counseled.
Paava Kadhaigal includes of 4 brief movies — Thangam by Sudha Kongara, Love Panna Uttranum by Vignesh Shivan, Vaanmagal by Gautham Menon and Oor Iravu by Vertimaaran. In two of those tales, we get some decision. Within the different two, we’re left dealing with the horrors individuals commit within the identify of honour.
I preferred the remedy of the narrative in Thangam and Oor Iravu higher. Vignesh Shivan’s Love Panna Uttranum tried to be intelligent by using a ‘lesbian angle’ which didn’t fairly slot in. It felt hurried and half-baked. There have been fixed tonal shifts, so that you didn’t know what to really feel. Whereas the intention was good, it didn’t appear very trustworthy. Identical with Gautham Menon’s Vaanmagal, a cumbersome try at reflecting on society’s definition of sexual assault, womanhood and status. The spotlight was the battle that the mom (performed by Simran) felt about the entire incident and her preliminary response to it. Greater than anything, what shone have been the completely different faces of Simran’s character. Simran because the traditionalist who advises her daughter to not contact something throughout her durations as a result of she didn’t need to preserve cleansing the home on a regular basis. After which we get a glimpse of Simran because the mom who simply desires one of the best issues in life for her daughter. Everyone knows this father or mother effectively — the one who tries to maintain up with the altering instances, however finds it arduous to let go of what they suppose are their ‘roots’.
Then there may be Vetrimaaran’s depiction of honour killing in Oor Iravu. The digicam is on the ‘perpetrator’ more often than not, making us doubt whether or not the director is glorifying the act by doing so. I might say not. Sudha Kongara’s Thangam ends in violence too – the protagonist dying a horrible demise.
The brief movies are about our primary response to something that’s completely different. Kalidas Jayaram offers a heartbreaking efficiency in Thangam, Prakash Raj’s ruthlessness in Oor Iravu feels lived in and too near actuality. The performances are noteworthy. The brief movies, they struggle.
Paava Kadhaigal is streaming on Netflix.
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