Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie review: A light-hearted anthology set around lockdown – regional movies


Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Solid: Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, MS Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Anu Haasan, Shruti Haasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Sikkhil Gurucharan, Leela Samson and Bobby Simhaa.
Director: Gautham Menon, Sudha Kongara, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon and Karthik Subbaraj

Amazon Prime’s Putham Pudhu Kaalai, which interprets to New Beginnings, is an anthology of 5 shorts. The unifying issue throughout the segments is the lockdown which was introduced through the pandemic. Set across the lockdown, every brief explores a special theme – from rediscovering like to new beginnings, second possibilities, and hope. Although every brief is about across the lockdown, it nonetheless works as a standalone story and is exclusive. Whereas 4 tales are set in higher center class households and have dialogues in English and Tamil, Karthik Subbaraj directed brief, Miracle, is about two petty thieves and the way lockdown affect their lives.

Most of stories are from upper middle class homes.

Most of tales are from higher center class houses.

Aside from Karthik’s brief, all different tales work impartial of the lockdown. Even when you take out the lockdown angle, these tales nonetheless handle to make their level. It makes one surprise if these tales have been written conserving the lockdown in thoughts or have been already written and the lockdown angle was simply introduced into it to go along with the general theme.

As a viewer, I actually couldn’t join with the lockdown impact in any of the tales aside from Karthik’s Miracle. Did the lockdown actually have any impact on the higher middle-class? Reply to this query is what Karthik’s brief tries to reply and helps us see the impact of the lockdown by the eyes of two thieves who discover themselves bereft of alternatives and are struggling to outlive.

Sudha Kongara’s Ilamai Idho Idho, which is about rediscovering love involving two aged mates, is quirky on many ranges. It presents the concept of falling love at a a lot older age nevertheless it presents the situation by the eyes of two kids – performed by Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan. Jayaram and Urvashi play the aged couple. Sudha turns the concept of affection and kids on its head and presents a really fascinating viewpoint of rediscovering love at a a lot later stage in life.

Gautham Menon’s Avarum Naanum/Avalum Naanum is about second possibilities. It’s in regards to the strained relationship of a grandfather along with his granddaughter. MS Bhaskar performs a retired nuclear physicist and Ritu Varma, his granddaughter, performs an IT skilled. As anticipated from Gautham Menon, his brief is stuffed with voice-overs nevertheless it surprises with the way in which it treats the scenes between the 2 lead characters. Ritu has a really totally different picture of her grandfather who has apparently distanced himself from their household. Over the course of the brief, we see them bonding, getting to grasp one another higher and embrace regardless of their flaws. Bhaskar and Ritu complement one another so amazingly nicely and are so pure of their footwear.

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Suhasini Mani Ratnam’s ‘Espresso, Anybody?’ is essentially the most underwhelming phase of the brief. It’s about three sisters and the way they rekindle their relationship with their outdated mom who’s on her deathbed. It’s a scenario that has completely no reference to the lockdown. This story about mending a damaged relationship takes handy twists to make its level. Although it makes a legitimate level, it’s very conveniently written and directed.

Rajiv Menon’s Reunion, starring Andrea, Leela Samson and Sikkhil Gurucharan, is about hope. It’s a few drug addict and a musician who lands herself in her greatest good friend’s home (who has simply examined constructive for the coronavirus) to take care of his mom. It’s a refreshing phase that brazenly discusses drug dependancy with out making an enormous deal about it however is aware of the place to attract the road by way of illustration.

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