Uchithanai Mukarnthal Movie Review
Cast: Sathyaraj, Sangeetha, Seeman, Neenika
Direction: Pugazhendhi Thangaraj
Music: D Imman
Cinematography: B Kannan
It needs tremendous guts to do a movie on the travails of Lankan Tamils at a time when handling the issue evokes serious repercussions. Director Pugazendhi Thangaraj, a journalist-turned-filmmaker deserves credit for touching a sensitive issue that at places is very bold in voicing its opinions not just throwing light on the troubles and travails of those who are driven out of their homeland.
The movie revolves around a young girl, who is allegedly gang raped by Lankan army.
Professor Nadesan (Sathyaraj) speaks for the cause of Tamils. He and his wife (Sangeetha) are moved so much by the travails of Tamils in Lanka that they go out-of-their -way to help them.
When the couple is expecting a child, they hear about the sad story of one Punithavathy (Neenika). A 13-year-old gang raped by Lankan army on the fateful morning of 1 March, 2009.
To ensure her safety, Nadesan with the help of his friend, brings her to his house in Chennai illegally and provides her all medical attention with the help of a doctor (Lakshmi Ramakrishnan). There is a soft-hearted police inspector Anthony (Seeman) who helps them in the mission. But call it an irony, she is diagnosed of AIDS.
Things take a turn in all their lives. What happens then forms the climax.
The director has made it clear that it is a movie made with a purpose and not used it as a mere tool of entertainment. All the characters share their concerns for the issue and tries arriving at a solution.
The problem of a young victim has been handled with sensitivity without restoring to sensationalism. Director must be applauded for such an approach.
However at places, the movie looks like a documentary. It goes slow rather meanders in the second half. However considering the fact that the filmmaker has chosen to do the film with a purpose, the flaws can be overlooked.
Neenika plays a complex character with consummate ease. Her expressions, body language and innocence are the strengths. She gives a martyred performance getting under the skin of the character.
Sathyaraj, Seeman or Sangeetha plays a second fiddle to her. They have let her dominate the show contributing from the sidelines.
The director has been ably aided by Kannan, whose camera captures all events well. Be it the disturbance in Lankan soil or the innocence of the young girl who is carrying a child, all brought to light in different colours.
Imman’s background score adds pep.
Bold theme, sensitive narration, and good performances.
Slow paced and documentary like portrayal in some places.
A welcome attempt in drawing attention towards the exploited people despite a few flaws.
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