Aruvi Movie review Movie Review
Amid films which have high-profile pre-release promotional glitz and events, here releases a film with minimal pre-release promotions or advertisements. Aruvi, touted to be belonging to the genre of ‘parallel cinema’, actually turns out to be a very likeable venture as a commercial film as well. Come, let’s look at the script straightaway!
Protagonist Aruvi (newcomer Aditi Balan) is born in a small, middle-class family but is brought up affectionately by her parents. Father’s transfer in job meant that Aruvi’s family would shift to Chennai not so willingly. The mischievous, kind-hearted Aruvi, whose life is centred around her parents, brother, close friends and relatives, meets with a tragic incident which changes her life upside down in a single day.
While seeking support/solace and running around like a refugee, Aruvi encounters many bitter experiences. He decision to expose those who had shown their ugly (sexual) face to her lands her in more trouble than ever. Determined, she goes ahead with it and what happens later is narrated in a sequence of unforgettable incidents.
Debutant director Arun Prabhu deserves kudos for defining via his screenplay and dialogues the way a woman, irrespective of her persona/professional achievements, is viewed by the male-dominated society. Dialogues are razor-sharp and the manner in which Aruvi’s family reacts to the tragic incident she is caught in is ample proof of the way the society behaves with such women and is an effective whip-lashing criticism of what is occurring around us.
Director has also taken to task the backward thought process of many individuals who conveniently blame women for all the ills/violence happening around/against them. Aruvi’s dialogue just prior to the intermission is greeted with thunderous applause by the audiences. Climatic sequence and the sequences preceding it are effective enough to make even the toughest shed a tear or two. In particular, Aruvi’s ‘video message’ is full of emotions and a reminder of the stark realities.
Despite such sequences, the film is not gloomy throughout and has plenty of beautifully crafted sequences with doses of comedy. Sequences showing Aruvi’s growth and student-phase are poetic in nature, to state the truth. Media’s intervention in others’ personal affairs, issue of fake ‘Godmen’, medical mafia, etc. are other issues touched ever so sensibly by the debutant director.
Despite this, the script’s crux doesn’t deviate from Arvui, the title character. The evil way men behave with the ideal of (sexually) exploiting a helpless woman has been depicted in the most practical manner. Audiences feel for Aditi when the actual reason for her change-over is known. The way Adidi’s problem is depicted only adds weight to the film’s script.
There are, however, certain logical flaws in the film: how come a daring Aruvi in the first-half becomes a woman who is afraid of anything in the second half? Depiction of events in the channel’s office is dragging a bit too much and so are the sexually explicit dialogues which could have been avoided.
Adidi Balan takes the cake by her effective portrayal of the protagonist in her very first film. Her hard-work is visible in every frame: her pronunciation, her body-language, her change of expressions, etc. are top-notch. Anjali Varadhan as transgender Emily has done her role very well; the way this character is treated is an example to follow for film-makers who have mostly made mockery or insulted the third sex in films.
Pradeep Antony, Kathir Barathy and Lakshmi Gopalsami have all portrayed their roles very well; their characterization is very effective. Debutant cinematographer Shelly’s work is laudable. Music, editing and art work are of high class. Background music at many places is so moving and reminds the audiences of Maestro Ilaiyaraaja!
• Poignant story
• Sensitive treatment
• Script• Dialogues
• A few scenes that lacks credibility
• Inconsistency in Aruvi’s character
The spontaneous applause at the end of the movie is a testimony to the appeal of the movie. The sensitive treatment, sharp critique and smooth narrative along with superb music and cinematography make the movie memorable.
Verdict : Sensible, sensitive and sharp.