Paava Kadhaigal: Confused vision elevated by stellar performances

Kalidas Jayaram gives a heartbreaking performance in Thangam, Prakash Raj’s ruthlessness in Oor Iravu feels lived in and too close to reality. I liked the treatment of the narrative in Thangam and Oor Iravu better. The highlight was the conflict that the mother (played by Simran) felt about the whole incident and her initial response to it. It felt hurried and half-baked. Same with Gautham Menon’s Vaanmagal, a cumbersome attempt at reflecting on society’s definition of sexual assault, womanhood and prestige. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. I would say not. There were constant tonal shifts, so you didn’t know what to feel. Loosely translated, Paava Kadhaigal means sin stories. We always ask of our directors and actors – ‘What else could they have given us within the format?’ And we come up with so many possibilities. And then we get a glimpse of Simran as the mother who just wants the best things in life for her daughter. The short films, they try. Vignesh Shivan’s Love Panna Uttranum tried to be clever by employing a ‘lesbian angle’ which didn’t quite fit in. Four acclaimed filmmakers try to decipher and interpret the loaded word. The performances are noteworthy. We all know this parent well — the one who tries to keep up with the changing times, but finds it hard to let go of what they think are their ‘roots’.×1.png
Then there is Vetrimaaran’s depiction of honour killing in Oor Iravu. In the other two, we are left facing the horrors people commit in the name of honour. In two of these stories, we get some resolution. More than anything else, what shone were the different faces of Simran’s character. At least in Paava Kadhaigal, the makers are willing to push the envelope in their own small ways, and that has to be commended. While the intention was good, it didn’t seem very honest. Don't Miss These StoriesPaava Kadhaigal: Confused vision elevated by stellar performancesDo I have to die to get proceedings going?: Anurag Kashyap’s accuser asks copsAntim The Final Truth teaser: Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma lock hornsClick here for more

The short films are about our basic response to anything that is different. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. The camera is on the ‘culprit’ most of the time, making us doubt whether the director is glorifying the act by doing so. The point is not whether they have succeeded or failed, but it is about the attempt. Sudha Kongara’s Thangam ends in violence too – the protagonist dying a terrible death. And it is these ‘acts of sin’ that is explored in Netflix’s new anthology Paava Kadhaigal. Written by Anvita Singh
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December 21, 2020 10:33:13 pm

Paava Kadhaigal is streaming on Netflix. Paava Kadhaigal comprises of four short films — Thangam by Sudha Kongara, Love Panna Uttranum by Vignesh Shivan, Vaanmagal by Gautham Menon and Oor Iravu by Vertimaaran. Simran as the traditionalist who advises her daughter to not touch anything during her periods because she did not want to keep cleaning the house all the time. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Gautham Menon


Prakash Raj

Vetrimaaran Paava Kadhaigal is streaming on Netflix.