SINDHU SAMAVELI – A Controversial Subject
“I am not directing a controversial subject. I am just telling a story that nobody dared to tell. Human relationship is all about lust and love and whether the mind triumphs over the body. When Hollywood, or even recent Bollywood films like Love Sex Aur Dhoka, explore all kinds of relationships, why can’t we do it?” – Director Samy
They call him the controversial director and his movies provide more fodder for the critics than any other. After hitting (rather crashing on) the headlines with his earlier flicks Uyir and Mirugam, Director Samy is back with another venture ‘SINDHU SAMAVELI’.
Samy’s debut film Uyir about relationships stirred up a hornet’s nest, and his next Mirugam, a film on how a village lothario contracts HIV, became controversial when he slapped heroine Padmapriya on the sets of the film.
Now nearly after three years of time,his ‘SINDHU SAMAVELI’ is released. It is again on a “forbidden relationship”. Samy has also got a dubious kind of hat-trick with an ‘A’ certificate from the censors, like his earlier two films! However the Censors Board members appreciated the way Samy has handled the oft-heard-but-rarely-discussed story, without vulgarity.
Sindhu Samaveli is about a girl’s constant battle in her mind about two men in her life . Sindhu Samaveli has a controversial story line wherein love blossoms between daughter-in-law and father-in-law. She has given her heart to one and her body to another.
The new aces Harish and Ghajini play the two male leads opposite another new comer Anakha. ‘Ganja’ Karuppu also plays an important role.
Sindhu Samaveli Story:
Anbu (Harish) is a brilliant student in a village school, somewhere in Kanyakumari area. His mother (Anupama Kumar) teaches in the same school and his dad Veerasami (Ghajini) is a CRPF soldier in Assam. His classmate is Sundari (Anakha), who is a failed student and elder to him by three years falls for him.
One day, his father gets injured in a militant attack and takes voluntary retirement and comes back to the village. The father dotes on his family especially his son, but tragedy strikes as his wife dies due to a snake bite.
Both father and son are heartbroken. Anbu decides to fulfil his mother’s dream of becoming a teacher. Around this time, his father and other relatives pressurize him to marry Sundari. The love birds live together for hardly a month, before they are separated as Anbu has to go to the teacher’s training school.
Sundari is left in the house to look after his dad, and soon due to certain incidents and circumstances they enter into a “forbidden relationship”. One day Anbu comes back and finds out the bitter truth leading to a taut nerve wracking climax on the high seas.
Sindhu Samaveli Cast and Crew Review:
The performance from the lead actors, Harish, Anakha and Ghajini makes it believable. The atmosphere is surcharged as there is a constant battle in the heroine’s mind, about the two men in her life- father and the son!
Sundar C Babu’s music is in sync with the theme, though there are too many songs which hampers the narration. His background theme is the highlight. Utpal’s camera and Thotta’s set’s especially the house in the midst of a valley bordering the sea is appealing.
Presentation is unique and fresh
Acting of new comers Harish, Anakha and Ghajini
Thotta Tharani’s Art – Very appealing
Second half – The film sags a bit in the second half as it becomes melodramatic.
Some of the happenings and twists are hard to digest.
Too many songs.
Over all Verdict
Samy’s mature treatment of the bold theme. It can be watched by anyone who cares for cinema of sense and substance. Strictly not for culture lovers as it deals on Yet another Illegal Relation