‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’ movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown

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5 Tamil filmmakers provide insights on love and hope with their various storylines on this anthology that’s extra hit than miss

Lockdown and COVID-19 have hit the movie business onerous, with a number of shootings being cancelled in the previous couple of months and a number of other releases stalled.

However there may be all the time scope for brand new beginnings, be it in movies or actual life.

And that’s the frequent theme in Putham Pudhu Kaalai, an anthology that packs within the works of 5 completed Kollywood filmmakers in a single lengthy stretch. Amazon Prime has had a number of common outings with respect to Tamil cinema in the previous couple of months. Nonetheless, they now appear to be making all the suitable noises with ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’. How do the 5 quick movies fare?

Ilamai Idho Idho

Director: Sudha Kongara

Solid: Jayaram, Kalidas Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalyani Priyadarshan

There’s an enormous Mani Ratnam and Alaipayuthe hangover to this, however the easy story thread and leads are charming. If Jayaram rolls again the years in his sequences with Urvashi, Kalidas and Kalyani’s endearing chemistry hits all the suitable notes. The home conflicts portrayed are all very relatably middle-class and Sudha’s writing of romance is elegant. Ilamai Idho Idho can be an instance of the best way to embrace small songs in OTT-aimed topics. Composer GV Prakash is in effective musical kind, filling within the gaps neatly. Additionally, be careful for SP Charan crooning a lilting quantity. SPB may need gone, however there’s nonetheless hope.

Avarum Naanum / Avalum Naanam

Director: Gautham Menon

Solid: MS Bhaskar, Ritu Varma

‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’ movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown

MS Bhaskar isn’t the quintessential trendy dad right here, neither is this movie something such as you’ve seen from GVM earlier than. Recognized for his elegant romantic contact in his topics, Gautham does a whole U-turn right here, whereas he units out to discover — with emotional depth — the connection between a grandfather and granddaughter on this quick. MS Bhaskar is a scientist who has gained scores of awards, however was he ever a devoted member of the family? This moot query is answered whereas Ritu strikes in with him throughout the lockdown. With some enjoyable touches of how senior residents have tailored to know-how and a basic commentary on the brand new WFH routine amongst IT staff , this quick is perhaps a bit sluggish for an OTT watch, however continues to be fairly stirring.

Espresso, Anybody?

Director: Suhasini Mani Ratnam

Solid: Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Anu Hasan, Shruti Haasan

‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’ movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown

Adamance is a recurring theme right here. The character of Kathadi Ramamurthy (a well-recognized face from the Tamil stage), is cussed concerning a medical resolution. His spouse was cussed up to now, we be taught, and so is their youngest daughter (Shruti Haasan), now based mostly in Mumbai. We get a way of what Soundara, the grand previous girl of the home, would possibly have been, however not a lot past that. This quick explores familial conflicts, however the staging and performances are a tad too old style. It tries packing in too many topics, leaving little time to discover them. This espresso might have been a bit stronger.

Reunion

Director: Rajiv Menon

Solid: Andrea Jeremiah, Leela Samson, Sikkil Gurucharan

‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’ movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown

If the lockdown can create rigidity inside people who find themselves household, what about associates who we as soon as knew? How a lot would they’ve modified as time handed by? Reunion, full of some hard-hitting surprises, revolves round how Sadhana (Andrea) rediscovers herself. Widespread Carnatic musician Sikkil Gurucharan passes muster as a physician, whereas Leela Samson suits completely into the atmosphere of the tastefully-done home. There’s a wise callback to a preferred music in an earlier movie of the director, and the neat poetic contact within the climax is an efficient sign for brand new beginnings: one of many frequent themes current in all of the movies within the anthology.

Miracle

Director: Karthik Subbaraj

Solid: Bobby Simha, Muthu Kumar

‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’ movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown

Karthik Subbaraj may need achieved a Rajinikanth ‘mass’ movie, however his potential to pack in a number of attention-grabbing particulars in a restricted time interval continues to make him one of the thrilling filmmakers in Tamil cinema. He proves this but once more in Miracle. Life for 2 small-time ruffians is difficult because of the lockdown, however they’ve a grasp plan to show that upside-down. Does that occur? Bobby and Muthu have rather a lot going for them on this story that’s set in a radically totally different universe when in comparison with the remainder of the tales. Do be careful for the twist that Karthik Subbaraj is famously identified for.

Putham Pudhu Kaalai will stream on Amazon Prime from October 16

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