Sunday, October 18, 2020

PUTHAM PUDHU KAALAI (2020)

Interesting but failed to be intriguing.
 
VR Critique Meter 3.5/5
 

  • Released date: 16th October 2020
  • Genre: Drama
  • Language: Tamil
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Runtime: 129mins
  • Streaming portal: Amazon Prime Video
 
Putham Pudhu Kalai is an Indian-Tamil anthology film directed by Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Suhasini Manirathnam, Rajiv Menon, and Karthik Subbaraj. The anthology consists of five short films with a approx runtime of 15 to 25mins each. Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, M. S. Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Shruti Haasan, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Hasan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Komalam Charuhasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Gurucharan C, Leela Samson, Bobby Simha, Sharath Ravi, K. Muthukumar were done their roles in the anthology. 

The entire movie points on the backdrop of 21 days lockdown in match 2020. A typical drama released on 16th October 2020 in Amazon Prime Video. 

ILAMAI IDHO IDHO - Sudha Kongara

Rajeev (Jayaram) a widower lives in a big apartment alone. He was very inquisitive to meet his love girlfriend Lakshmi (Urvashi) who comes to stay with him for a few days just before the lockdown. When the lockdown was announced for 21 days, respective children unaware of their parent relationship worriers about their safety. Despite that, the couple spends their time together and know each other very well as like a young couple. Ultimately both decide to tell their children about their love relationship. 
 

The narrative and the hop between the old and the younger version of Rajeev and Lakshmi was enchanting. The older version of Rajeev and Lakshmi was characterized by Jayaram and Urvashi were the younger was portrayed by Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan. The the acting was fabulous, especially Jayaram imitates like yoga chief was wonderful which remembering his mimic. 

The song Manmadhan Naan Dhaana was classy and the remaining two songs are plausible. The background score by G.V.Prakash Kumar was very well travelled. The movie explains that love does not have any age, it can come at any age which makes one young. 

AVARUM NAANUM - AVALUM NAANUM - Gautham Vasudev Menon

A retired scientist (M.S.Baskar) living alone. Due to the lockdown, to take care of him, the scientist’s granddaughter Kanna was sent to take care of him by her father. Kanna (Ritu Varma), an IT professiona, she is not happy on his grandfather due to his not acceptance of her mother’s love. Initially, they both had a difference of opinion but later she comes to know about her grandfather and the reason behinds his anger and decides to visit him regularly. 
 

A wonderful showcase of grandfather and granddaughter relationship. The movie also expresses the views of deteriorating one's capabilities. The cinematography by P.C.Sreeram was remarkable and eye-catchy. The dialogues have the pinch of the director. The background score by Govind Vasantha was mesmerising particularly the song ”Kanna Thoodhu Po da” sung by Bombay Jayashri. 

The acting portrayal of grandfather role by M.S.Baskar was immense as usual. Ritu Varma is gorgeous. 

COFFEE ANYONE? - Suhasini Maniratnam

A strong mother of three daughters Soundarya Mahendran (Kamalam Charuhasan) fell into a coma. Her daughter's elder Valli (Suhasini Maniratnam) and the middle one Saras (Anu Haasan) came to visit her mother and shocked when they saw that she was getting treatment at home and their father was very adamant to admit her in hospital for treatment. The last and late daughter Ramya (Shruti Haasan) residing at Mumbai and hesitate to visit her mother. When the daughters see that her mother shows some signs of improvement, everyone started to share everything. On her 75th birthday night, the last daughter spoke with her over a video call gave rise to the movement eventually she awake from a coma. 



The story centrifuges on how daughters are put forward to be independent to handle their day to day life and difficulties behind the late birth and difficult of raising. Ramya explains her pain of being late-born. Coffee anyone is simple but powerful on delivering the message of raising the kids to be confident and to keep hope. 

The acting was significantly good. Few instances were boring and feels like a television serial because of high emotional quotient but across-the-board it was plausible. 

REUNION - Rajiv Menon

Vikram (Gurucharan), a doctor living with his old age mother has a crush on her childhood friend Sadhana (Andrea Jeremiah), meets her accidentally. Due to lockdown, he asks her to stay with them for some time until the lockdown releases. Later he found out that Sadhana was a drug addict, being a doctor he and his mother take care of her when she struggles and broken down on the addiction. They also make her strong to fight back from the addiction which makes her decide to seek professional help to overcome the addiction. Finally, he revealed to her about his love on her.
 


Reunion emphasised on childhood friendship and untold love. Gurucharan, a renowned Carnatic singer and Andrea done their role well. The cinematography was fascinating. Altogether, Reunion is an addon to the runtime but notable for the cinematography by Rajiv Menon. 

MIRACLE - Karthik Subbaraj

A lockdown is announced, due to which young director Micheal (Muthukumar) who didn't get the fund to complete his movie decides to suicide as he did not earn a miracle in his life. On the other side, two poor thugs Devan (Bobby Simha) and Rockey (Sharath Ravi) who want to make quick money decides to steal an abandoned car which presumes to have black money in it. When they are not able to find out, they decide to steal from a locked IT company. What happens next is the remaining story. 

Miracle revolves around a three, Babaji who speaks about a miracle in television, a director who suffers from not having enough money to complete his movie, two thugs desperately searching for money to become rich in a short period.
 


The screenplay was amazing which connects all the three characters in a single frame. Bobby Simba and Sharath have done a clean slate performance. Overall, Miracle is different from all the above gave a stronghold to the climax of the anthology.

Putting the pieces together of Putham Pudhu Kaalai, the movie is a wonderful journey with a different intriguing storie, fantastic performances from top artists and hands-on directorials. Except for REUNION and COFFEE ANYONE, rest was great and delightful.


VR Critique Meter 3.5/5

PS: Please watch the movie in a high definition screen with proper surround sound to enjoy the best movie experience. I watched the movie with a high definition screen with Dolby surrounds systems. 



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