Savarakathi review: A warm and welcoming film
Debutant director Adithya's 'Savarakathi' is a poignant dark comedy
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 09 February 2018
Savarakathi review: A warm and welcoming film
G. R. Adithya
Mysskin, Ram, Poorna
Most good films will engage you with their characters and the writing, but how many can claim to challenge you at the same time? Debutant director Adithya’s Savarakathi is a poignant dark comedy. The film’s writer Mysskin has rightly blended humor, emotion and value of humanity to keep the audiences engrossed and also conveys a touching message without being preachy.
Gangster Manga (Mysskin) is a moron. Pissing him off is almost like inviting God of Death to your home! Manga has to appear before cops before 6 PM in the evening as his parole time gets over and he should spend the next three years in the prison. While Manga goes out to spend the last free day with his gang, he gets into a tiff with a barber Pichai (Ram), who is a big fat liar. But things go beyond control that Manga decides to murder Pichai before going back to the prison.
The writing here, in all fairness is sharp when it comes to bringing its quirky characters on screen. It takes some time for us to get in sync with the eccentricities of Mysskin’s character. Manga and Pichai are not the usual characters we see on screen and real life. Their mannerisms, and body language are over the top. But slowly, we are sucked into the narration and humour. In the second half which lags a bit, we see Mysskin’s typical touches stressing human values, biblical themes, and a novel ending.
Assembling a rock-solid cast of actors who seem to effortlessly inhabit their roles, the director strikes gold with his supporting players too. Ram as is a revelation, as Pichai while Mysskin as the eccentric Manga delivers. Poorna nails it as Subadra, the hearing impaired pregnant mother. She makes a lasting impression and is in top form.
Arrol Corelli’s ctachy sound track is a major highlight of Savarakathi, the Anaanthu Paar is an inspirational number elevates the overall mood of the film and the Savarakathi track in the end also conveys the intended theme. Cinematography by Karthik Venkataraman absorbs the behavior of each of every characters and edit is quite crisp with a run time of 114 minutes.
It is a film that keeps you on your toes, a film that never spoon-feeds you, instead expects you to read between the lines, to fill in the gaps for yourself and to decode the subtext. Overall, Savarakathi is a warm and welcoming film.
Savarakathi review- Verdict: Poignant dark comedy
Reactions from Social Media:
Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
#Savarakathi interval - Ennaya panni vachurukeenga? Serious padamnu vanthaa scene by scene laughter. Looks like Director Ram and Mysskin had so much fun acting !! Interval twist ultimate
Sudhir Srinivasan @sudhirsrinivasn
First half of #Savarakathi over. Adhavadhu, ennoda karuththu ennanaa...Haha, kidding. Will watch the film completely, and share review tomorrow, when the film's getting released.
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Savarakathi 1st half - A wacky attempt where the comedy is very dramatic and physical. The characters are loud and over the top. Interval block is a nice clapworthy touch. Rowdy #Mysskin, barber #Ram driving the play..
S Abishek @cinemapayyan
#Savarakathi is that kind of a film where, you’ll feel the style to be overpowering, but give it some time to grow on you, the whole funda works well!
Debutant #Aadhithya has hit the right buzzer
#Savarakathi - Mysskin once again proves why he is one of the best writers we have in modern Tamil cinema. Though the film begins as a dark comedy, Mysskin slowly converts it into a poignant drama glorifying humanity. Loved it
Shanthnu Buddy @imKBRshanthnu
#Savarakathi a movie you shouldn’t miss ! A perfect blend of laughter and emotions ! Unexpected screenplay and twists will keep you engaged brilliant performances from #Mysskin sir #Ram sir and @shamna_kasim. do watch in theatres and support good films.
Richard Mahesh R @richard_mahesh
#Savarakathi - Even the small characters in the film get a perfect delineation. The Mad English Literature Maniac, Rag Picker, who appear merely for less than 2 minutes throw up laughter. But Emotions seen thru main actors r brilliant. A worth watchable movie
A complete sensible comical tale which connects so well. Leads @Director_Ram & #Mysskin turn to carry the subject very well. So engaging and interesting !!@CineTimee #CineTimee
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