Monday, February 01, 2010


There is a scene in which Cheran reads a letter written to him by Padmapriya. The camera focuses on the inland letter. It has "786" at the top. No wonder because Padmapriya is playing the character of Nadira a Muslim girl. It is these small vignettes of directorial brilliance that make Cheran's movies enjoyable.

The movie is about D. Lenin a marine engineer in Kolkata in the 70s and Nadira a college student in Nagore. The tale poignantly examines the budding romance between the two. It is a tale of unrequited love enhanced by melodious songs tuned by Sabesh-Murali and has simple but effective cinematography.

There are scenes of Durga Puja in Kolkata, the long sea-line in Nagore, shots of Victoria Memorial, the Maidan and trams.

The movie narrates how Lenin's son Mahesh discovers his dead father's trunk which contains the letters written to Nadira.

Mahesh is fascinated as he reads the letters and examines his own four-month old flip-flop relationship with his girl-friend.

He tracks down Nadira who has settled in Malaysia and hands over the letters to her.

The movie ends with Nadira remembering Lenin and closing her eyes.

We assume that she dies and is finally reunited with her Lenin.

It is sad that the movie tanked at the box-office. The current crop of cine-goers need fast numbers, foreign locales, item-numbers, shootouts and stuff.

The movie deserves a watch for some excellent performances by Cheran and Padmapriya.


Siva said...

Cheran store the concept from a great movie Eastwood's THE BRIDGES OF THE MADISON COUNTY

Shadow in the Moonlight said...

I saw the bridges of Madison County, it was not as good as the book with the same name. Is this the tamil remake?

mahesh said...

I haven't seen the movie or read the book so I really don't know. I liked Pokisham though.

Stunning visuals and good songs!

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