Punyalan Private Limited Review

 I don’t film messages. I let the post office take care of those – Bernardo Bertolucci 

One of the many legit complaints I receive about this little blog of mine is my nonchalant attitude towards contributing in it. One of the major reasons for this (except my ever prevalent writer’s block of course) is that I can only write about a movie once , and most of the movies which hit the theaters are the same movie being made and remade again and again with a different cast and settings to mask this fact up. Punyalan Private Limited is another addition to this array of films, an exercise in borderline mediocrity which crusades as the public opinion to redeem itself. Unfortunately, it takes only the opening five minutes to see through the act.

When Punyalan Agarbattis hit the theaters four years ago, my admiration for it was, and still is apodictic. It wasn’t a movie trying to be anything except than the tale it was telling, and in doing so, spoke for everyone who was watching it. On the other hand, this sequel is like a puppy wanting to be petted by everyone. Movies, just like people, end up being only what they truly are at the end, and what Punyalan Private Limited is at the end of the day is just a vehicle scampering on the last residues of glory its predecessor amassed and its viewer’s miserable existence.

And that last part is my major issue with this movie. Every scene feels tailor made to make space for a mass dialogue which feeds right into the hate accumulated in the viewer’s heart towards the system. It’s not just the exploitation of the viewer’s insecurities that bothers me, it is of the character’s as well. If characters are mere caricatures to get a point across, how could one possibly relate with them ? Jayasurya is fabulous in his role, yet do we know anything more about his character when this movie ends than we knew from before it began ? For all you know, I could have played the rest of the characters in this movie and it still wouldn’t make a difference. And I happen to be a terrible actor.

Whatever it sets out to do, it crashes egregiously at. Yet, there is an underlying sense of irony that the movie which sets out to proclaim everything wrong with the system ends up being everything that is wrong with the medium which it has chosen to explore. This brand of cinema is not entertainment, it is spoon-feeding, giving the audiences what they want, when they want it and dumbing their taste to utter mediocrity. Punyalan Private Limited says all that the common man of India (me included) would like to say about the fallacies of the system. But think about it, isn’t paying to hear what we say to ourselves everyday a really stupid deal ?

RATING :- 4 / 10

 

 

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Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Review

There is a scene in which after undergoing speech therapy, Sudhi gives a speech in his school. After finishing the speech, there is a moment of relief on his face. Eyes moistened, face smiling as if he had undergone some kind of redemption. It is one of the most emotionally charged moments I have seen in recent cinema history and left an imprint on my mind.

I haven’t seen a movie for a long time which has had an impact on my life as this one. It is one of those harrowing, emotional experiences that come rarely in movie-watching experiences.

As a nerd, I have always had problems. And no, no one teases me or anything like that. As a nerd, the biggest problem is you have difficulty in expressing yourself. Your mind is filled with ideas about so many topics and no cares to listen about them. I related to this movie. It is about a man who struggles to get through life normally because of his stuttering problem. But what is it really about ? It is about a man who is frustrated with the fact that although he is intelligent, he cannot express himself.

If it was a movie about stuttering, it would have been a huge failure. But it is about the incapability of expressing oneself. It never exploits the stuttering part as well, nor is it exploited to bring about emotions. It is shown as a problem. The movie has emotionally charged moments which will definitely bring you to tears. The performance by Jayasurya is one for the books. What a great balanced portrayal it is ! The chemistry between TG Ravi and KPAC Lalitha is endearing.

Movie is humorous in nature and has plenty of laugh out loud scenes. There are particularly two vertigo shots that completely change the dynamics of the movie and this camera technique hasn’t been put to such use since Vertigo itself.

Did I like the movie ? No, I loved it. I think after 20 years, I will still be thinking about this movie. How it changed my perspective about life, how it inspired me, and how it changed my life forever. It is one of those rare cinematic experiences which I can truly, and proudly, hail as great. Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam is a masterpiece.

 Rating :- 9.5 / 10

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