Review - Kanchivaram

Review - Kanchivaram


By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 14 March 2009

Movie Title

Review - Kanchivaram



Star Cast

Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy

Happy News. Priyadarshan the crass commercial filmmaker has weaved a classic with Kanchivaram. The film is a personal triumph for the writer director who has been mainly dishing out low brow sugar-?n?-spice films and accused at times of plagiarism.

Taking a break from his usual potboilers, Priyan has come out with a heart rendering tale of a man caught between his ideology and personal ambitions. The film documents the lives and times of the weavers of Kanchivaram, just after Independence, and how the communist movement started.

The film set in the late 1940?s travels back and forth as Vengadam (Prakash Raj) on parole, on a rainy day accompanied by two policemen board a bus to return home to see his ailing daughter. The windy rain and continuous down pour outside kindles memories, as his life story unfolds.

Vengadam is dreamer and the finest weaver of silk saris. He wanted to drape his newly married wife Annam (Shreya Reddy) with a Kanchivaram Sari, but it never happened. So when his daughter Thamarai (Shammu) was born he promises in front of the entire village that he would gift her silk sari for her wedding. He sets about trying to fulfill his life ambition by stealing a strand of silk every day, and weaving the sari in his cattle shed every night.

As the days and years pass, Thamarai grows up into a young lady who falls in love with his best friend Parthasarathy?s son and the marriage is fixed. However by then Vengadam has got sucked into the communist movement. From being a man with dreams and apolitical, he goes to the other extreme and becomes a communist and leads a strike by the workers demanding more salary. This leads to the final tragic twist in the story as the idealist communists torn between his philosophy and personal dreams.

Prakash Raj is simply terrific as Vengadam as he does his role with searing intensity of an actor who has grasped the complex nuances of his character. Shreya, Shammu and the supporting cast are apt for their roles and take the picture to great heights. The other plus points are M.G Sreekumar?s music, Thiru?s camera, Sabu Cyril?s brilliant set work.

On the downside the film has a documentary look about it and has been made to impress the judges at film festivals. It is a bit slow and could have done with some editing. On the whole for connoisseurs of quality cinema, it?s a must-see-must-watch, as Priyadarshan comes off age.

Verdict: Very Good

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